"Joint Approach" Educates Potential Patients

11/10/2011

Athens, Tenn. – A team of healthcare providers at Athens Regional has designed a free comprehensive educational program for patients planning or considering elective joint replacement surgery.  The "Joint Approach" program is designed to educate joint replacement candidates about the entire process, thereby alleviating anxiety regarding the surgery and recovery.  Persons who think they may benefit from the surgery and want to explore their options are also encouraged to attend.

Joint replacement surgery relieves pain, restores independence, and allows the patient to return to work and activities of daily living in just 6 to 12 weeks.  Says Michelle Crafton, PT, a coordinator of the intiative, "we have seen this program work.  Patients are prepared and have less fear.  Education is one of the best assets for ensuring a great outcome following joint replacement."

"Joint Approach" is presented by a team of healthcare providers who care for joint replacement patients from pre-surgery readiness to post-surgery rehab.  In addition to Michelle Crafton, presenters include:  Liddia Lewis, RN, in charge of pre-admission testing;  Karen Morrow, RN, Director of Surgical Services;  Tiffany Williams, RN, Director of the hospital's medical/surgical unit.

For more information, please call (423) 744-3363.

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