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Comprehensive Care and Support for Patients Undergoing Total Joint Replacement

Comprehensive Care and Support for Patients Undergoing Total Joint Replacement
“I’m here for them in case they have any questions or concerns after they are discharged from the hospital,” ” says Lisa Looney, RN, orthopedic nurse navigator.
For many with arthritic or damaged knee and/or hip joints, joint replacement surgery is the answer to relieve the pain. Knowing what to expect before, during and after surgery helps joint replacement patients feel comfortable and enables them to focus on themselves and their recovery. At Lee Memorial Hospital’s All-Star Total Joint Center, Lisa Looney, RN, orthopedic nurse navigator, guides patients through the entire surgical process—from preadmission to discharge.

“I like to meet patients before surgery, especially at the All-Star joint class—which is a very informative, one-hour orientation for joint replacement patients,” Lisa explains. “From there, I provide my contact information, and I work with patients and families to provide preoperative education and answer any questions they may have about the procedure, recovery and rehabilitation. Being a nurse navigator is all about helping the patients understand the unknowns and what to expect through every stage of their orthopedic surgery.”

Lisa says she also meets patients after surgery, when she makes rounds on the orthopedic unit. “Postoperatively, I review the plan of care—expanding on pain control, side effects of medication and the All-Star Joint Center’s schedule and expectations for rehabilitation while in the hospital and after discharge,” she says.

“We also discuss the patient’s needs, food and nutrition, the environment of the orthopedic unit, and how they feel they are being communicated with and cared for by staff and clinicians.”

As patients prepare for discharge, Lisa encourages them and their families to stay in touch with her. “I’m here for them in case they have any questions or concerns after they are discharged from the hospital,” Lisa says.

The orthopedic nurse navigators are patient educators, advocates, valuable resources and integral members of the multidisciplinary team. “When patients and families enter the health system, they’re coming in at one of the most stressful times of their lives,” Lisa says. “What they want most from the experience is communication and understanding of what their condition is, the path to the best possible health they can achieve and a way in which to navigate that with their doctors and nurses—that’s where the nurse navigator comes in and ensures patients and families receive the best care.”

The All-Star Joint Center experience includes information from medical professionals, support for all phases of the surgical process, physical therapy and a sports-themed environment that encourages recovery. To learn more about the orthopedic nurse navigators or to schedule an All-Star joint class call 239-343-3411.

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