Frankfort Regional Medical Center is now offering a new preoperative patient education course to let patients know what to expect at every step along the way of their joint replacement.

”Joint replacement patients do better when they know what to expect,“ says Dana M. Soucy, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon. ”To help patients and their families get ready, the preoperative education course familiarizes them with the entire process before, during and after surgery, as well as through rehabilitation.“

During the course, joint replacement patients meet many of the team members responsible for their care, including preoperative and postoperative nurses, case managers, physical therapists, dietitians, and orthopedic surgeons.

The course covers the basics of how the procedure is performed, how patients can prepare themselves and their homes before surgery, medications, what to expect while in the hospital and during recovery, and the importance of the rehabilitation process, among other topics. The class was created to ease patients’ minds about the surgical experience, so they feel comfortable with their procedure and have the best experience possible.