Whether pain, stiffness, swelling and potentially limited blood flow to bones, resulting in additional health complications.
Partial or full hip or knee replacement – the most common types of joint replacement surgeries, can relieve pain, and also improve gait, balance and overall quality of life.
Although thousands of joint replacement surgeries occur every year, the risk of complications should not be overlooked. In fact, many patients- especially seniors, are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge due to surgical site infections and cardiovascular events.
The Premier Point Approach
Premier Point clinicians can help joint replacement patients manage daily living activities and minimize the risk of infection during the recovery process. Our customized care plans, developed with your medical provider, could include:
- Inspecting the wound site for signs of infection, taking size and depth measurements, and monitoring the healing process
- Teaching the patient how to care for the surgical staples or steri-strips including cleaning and changing the dressing
- Appropriate deep breathing exercises to prevent a respiratory infection and how to use a spirometer, if instructed to do so by the physician
- Techniques for reducing swelling around the surgical site including elevation, ice packs and compression stockings
- Ensuring strict compliance with anti-coagulant medication dosages to avoid improper blood clotting, instructing patients on how to properly take all prescribed medications, and how to recognize the side effects of improper dosages
- Performing blood tests to monitor medication levels, if appropriate
- Working with the dietician to develop a customized dietary program to avoid drug interactions and promote healthy healing
- Pain management techniques
- Supporting patients in incorporating their occupational and physical therapy training into their daily routine including standing, sitting, walking and performing grooming tasks
- Identifying and removing trip hazards and other safety concerns that could impact rehabilitation progress, and reinforcing instructions provided by the therapist to allow proper joint healing