What to Expect
Watch as we guide you through the surgical process at joint surgery at Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center. This video is a supplement education provided in addition to our extensive patient guide.
Our experienced care team works to help patients regain mobility and independence from the time of arrival in our Emergency Care Center (ECC) until after discharge. Care team staff members are also available to answer questions. Our health care experts include:
Hospitalist: The hospitalist is the doctor who cares for your medical needs while you are in the hospital. The hospitalist works with the rest of your care team to safely and efficiently prepare you for surgery and oversees your medical care after surgery.
Surgeon: Surgery is performed by a specially trained, board certified orthopaedic surgeon.
Anesthesiologist: The anesthesiologist will visit you before your surgery and will work with your surgeon during your surgery to ensure a safe procedure.
Registered nurse (RN): Specialized orthopaedic nurses will provide daily care. Your nurses will monitor your health and surgical recovery while administering medications and treatments ordered by your physician. Nurses will also provide education and emotional support for you and your family.
Physical therapist (PT): Your physical therapist will assist you with the functional skills of getting in and out of bed, walking and stair-climbing. Your physical therapist will emphasize strengthening exercises and the proper way to resume daily activities.
Occupational therapist (OT): Your occupational therapist will work with you on self-care skills such as bathing and dressing, and the skills you need to move safely around your home to optimize your independence. Your occupational therapist may also demonstrate the use of special equipment to help you perform these tasks.
Care Coordinator: Your care coordinator is your advocate throughout your experience while in the hospital and after your discharge. Care coordinators are available to assist you as you recover, to coordinate postoperative care with other team members and to answer your questions both during and after your surgery.
Social worker: Our goal is to get you home and living independently as quickly and as safely as possible. Your social worker will meet with you and your family on the day of admission to begin the process of preparing for your discharge. Social workers work with your doctor, nurses and therapists daily to complete all arrangements for equipment needs and home health services, or to transfer you to your next level of rehabilitation care.
Coach: Your coach is a family member or friend who agrees to be with you during your surgery experience. Coaches are patient advocates in the hospital and provide valuable support, encouragement and assistance at home.
To learn more about the Atrium Health Floyd Musculoskeletal Care Joint Replacement, call 706-509-6489.