• Pre-Operative Sessions

  • In this class you will have an opportunity to meet our staff, ask questions and learn what to expect during your upcoming stay with us.

  • Research shows that pre-operative sessions, along with physical therapy after surgery improves patient outcomes. Read more here.

    Before and After Your Joint Surgery

    If prosthetic joint replacement is in your future, don't wait until you're on the operating table to prepare for the procedure. You can improve your recovery if you're willing to put in some homework before surgery and make a concrete plan for continuing rehabilitation one you have a new joint.

    Before your surgery:

    • Know what you're getting into. Littleton Adventist Hospital has offered preoperative sessions since 2010. "The class covers all the things people are curious or anxious about before surgery such as: How long will I be in the hospital? What will the pain be like? What will I really be able to do after surgery?" explains Theresa Johnson, director of Physical Medicine at Littleton Adventist Hospital.
    • Hit an ideal weight. Extra weight is hard on your hips and knees. If you're obese, significant weight loss before joint surgery is advisable to avoid complications and improve recovery, according to research.
    • Pre-operative sessions for joint replacement Stretch and strengthen. Research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that "prehabilitation" before joint replacement surgery, including a program of flexibility, resistance training, and light walking, can prepare you for a more positive surgical outcome. Physical therapists at Littleton Hospital can provide you with a set of the most beneficial exercises and ensure you are doing them properly.
    • Plan ahead. Will you need to recover in a rehabilitation facility or at home? Is there anyone to stay with you, help you prep meals, run errands, and generally assist you while you recover? Is your house accessible for use of assistive devices such as walkers, crutches? "During class, we help you understand how to get your home ready for limited function and how much help you'll need from family and friends," Johnson says.

    After your surgery:

    • Get ready to move. The sooner you can get up and moving after hip or knee replacement surgery, the better. If you don't have surgical complications, you'll be encouraged to get out of bed the first day and maybe even try walking.
    • Listen to your body. When your body is in pain, it's harder for it to heal. Postsurgical pain is normal, so work with your physician and caregivers to control pain with medication so you can heal. However, don't be afraid to work through pain. Your first few physical therapy sessions will be painful, but it's important to keep moving.
    • Follow through. After a few weeks of rehabilitation, your joint may feel significantly better. However, be sure to stick with your therapy program to ensure a full recovery.

    If you are having joint replacement surgery, be sure to check out our preoperative sessions to answer your questions before your surgery, and the different rehabilitation options we offer to help you get back to doing the things you love.

    We think you will find that by attending this class many of your concerns and anxieties will be lessened and the knowledge you will gain will help you be a strong participant in your care and recovery. Please feel free to bring a guest. Choose one class from the following dates:

    Preoperative Sessions

    Date: 2nd and 4th Wednesday every month

    Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

    Location: Outpatient Center 4th Floor South


    Date: 3rd Thursday every month

    Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.

    Location: Outpatient Center 4th Floor South

    Call 303-738-2721 to sign-up and get directions.

    Rehabilitation services in Colorado at Littleton Adventist Hospital.












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