Welcome to the Joint Academy!
Howard County General Hospital has a comprehensive program for total knee and hip joint replacement patients – Joint Academy. It approaches the joint replacement surgical experience in a whole new way, creating a partnership among the patient, doctor and hospital. Because an informed patient can more fully participate in his or her own care and recovery, we focus on engaging and educating our patients throughout the entire process – from admission to post-discharge.
Approximately two weeks before your surgery, you will attend a pre-admission orientation program online via Zoom that allows you, your family and the hospital’s staff to plan and tailor nursing, physical therapy, dietary, social work, and home care services to meet your pre and postoperative needs. You are strongly encouraged to have a family member or friend also who will serve as your “coach” throughout the recovery period, assist you with daily-living activities and provide a smooth transition from hospital to home. Your coach may also participate in the orientation program.
You will receive a folder of information about what to expect before, during and after surgery, including a post-operative exercise plan and exercises to begin before surgery.
The Joint Academy focuses on getting you up, dressed and mobile as quickly as possible, because studies have consistently shown that this greatly improves outcomes for regaining full mobility.
Feedback from both staff and patients about the HCGH Joint Academy has been overwhelmingly positive. See below for more information: