COLLEGE STATION Rhonda Hinkley smiles as the theme song from “Rocky” plays overhead. Walking 30 feet may seem like a small task, but doing so with a new prosthetic knee the same day as her joint replacement surgery is reason enough to celebrate. By hitting a small red button at the end of the 30 feet, the music begins to play overhead and invites other patients and visitors throughout the hospital to celebrate in his achievement.
This is a part of a new type of joint replacement program at the Med called “MOST” or My Orthopedic Solutions Team. MOST is a comprehensive program to educate, assist and support patients having hip or knee replacement. The program is aimed at giving these patients the knowledge and the tools to make the transition from hospital to home as smooth as possible.
The program starts with the orthopedic surgeon and their office staff where patients are given educational materials to read to prepare themselves physically, medically and mentally for surgery. Before surgery, patients attend a pre-operative class where they receive information on what to prepare before surgery, what to expect during their stay at the Med, and how to plan their discharge for their specific needs. They are encouraged to have a friend or family member act as their “coach” as they go through the entire process, beginning with the pre-op class and continuing through the recovery and rehabilitation process.
Special rooms are reserved for joint replacement patients so that they are in a dedicated setting with other patients undergoing similar surgeries. A specially trained staff works exclusively in the unit. An atmosphere of “wellness” is a feature of the program. Patients wear their own clothes instead of hospital gowns. They exercise and eat together. This “group” approach is very helpful because it makes recuperation fun, as patients encourage and support each other during their hospital stay.