outstanding program of pre-operative education and therapy helps
to ensure that joint replacement patients have the best
experience possible before surgery, immediately afterward and
during their recovery period at home.
Educational sessions give patients important information about
what will happen during their hospital stay and also help them
prepare for the post-surgical recovery period. The sessions are
lead by members of Glendale Adventist's nursing and physical
therapy staff, who are glad to answer questions and explain the
process in-depth. Groups are small for each session. Topics
- The pre-admission process
- What to expect during the hospital stay
- Exercise, activity and self-care
- Equipment used during hospitalization and at home
- Planning a safe return home
Sessions are held Mondays at 3PM.
For most patients who are scheduled for major orthopedic
surgery-such as joint replacement-pre-operative therapy provides
a head start on the rehabilitation process by stretching and
strengthening the muscles around the joint.
Patients who can benefit from pre-operative therapy receive a
prescription from their doctor for one-on-one sessions with a
physical therapist from the Glendale Adventist
Therapy & Wellness Center.
For some patients, pre-operative therapy includes treatment in
the Rehabilitation Institute's indoor
therapeutic pool. Patients who have limited movement because
of pain will appreciate the buoyancy and warmth of the water,
which provides a soothing and safe environment in which to
perform pre-surgical stretching and strengthening exercises.
Patients who can benefit from pre-operative education or therapy
are encouraged to call (818) 409-8235 to reserve
a space or