Joint Program

This guide is designed to give you the important information you need to achieve the best outcome from your joint replacement surgery. This guidebook will help you navigate your total joint replacement journey.

It discusses:

  • How to prepare for your upcoming surgery
  • What to expect before, during, and after surgery
  • What to expect during your hospital stay
  • What to expect long-term and how to continue your successful recovery at home.
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For additional information on ways to keep you safe, healthy, and speed up your recovery, please click on the below boxes:

If you have a scheduled Pre-Admission Testing (PAT) appointment, please bring the form filled out prior to your appointment OR you can scan and email the completed form to JointProgram@stssh-sa.com

WE RECOMMEND EMAILING OR FAXING COMPLETED FORMS 1-2 WEEKS AHEAD OF YOUR SCHEDULED PAT APPOINTMENT. IF YOUR PROVIDER DOES NOT REQUIRE YOU TO COME TO PRE-ADMISSION TESTING, PLEASE EMAIL/FAX COMPLETED FORMS 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED SURGERY. PAT FAX NUMBER: 210-507-4183

Erica Roach, BSN, RN

Orthopaedic Nurse Navigator

The Orthopaedic Nurse Navigator serves to be an advocate, educator, and experienced guide for patients, as well as family members, throughout the total joint continuum.

  • Provide Pre and Post-Operative Total Joint Replacement education and education resources for patients and their families to prepare them and improve outcomes for surgery.
  • Provide expertise as a professional registered nurse with orthopaedic clinical knowledge.
  • Patient Care Coordination with Physicians, Managers, Nursing Staff, Case Management and Physical Therapists.
  • Following surgery, follow up with patients for up to a year while collecting data for quality improvement.

The Role includes acting as a resource for nursing staff for routine and complex problem solving, education, and continuous performance improvement efforts.

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