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Joint Club

When you’re looking at joint replacement surgery, there’s a lot to think about. And even with all the support and information provided by your Valley Baptist orthopedic surgeon, not to mention your friends and family, it still would be nice to talk to some people who’ve “been there.”

That’s why we’ve created the Joint Club.

What is the Joint Club?

The Joint Club is a unique Valley Baptist support system for patients who are undergoing joint replacement surgery. We believe that going through the process with others helps patients recover faster and easier.

Club members:

  • Meet to discuss thoughts, concerns, troubles or successes
  • Learn about and begin recovery together
  • Ask questions of orthopedic specialists and orthopedic surgeons
  • Participate in rehab together with our team of physical therapists
  • Form friendships that last a lifetime, even participating in reunions

Valley Baptist has produced a booklet and DVD that explain what to do before your surgery, and what to expect afterwards. They cover:

  • Pre-surgery preparations
  • After-surgery care
  • Medications
  • Special dietary needs
  • Preventative measures to avoid injuries
  • Exercises you can do during rehabilitation

You’ll be given the book or the DVD (or both) when you visit the orthopedic surgeon. At the same time, you’ll begin to review your plan of care while in the hospital and once you’ve returned home. As a part of that overall plan, which includes physical therapy, you’ll begin to attend Joint Club meetings.

We think you’ll enjoy making some new friends who are successfully meeting the same challenges you are. At Valley Baptist, we’re dedicated to making your joint replacement surgery not only easy and painless, but also a positive learning experience for you, your family and your friends.

For more information, call Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen, (956) 389-1100, or Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville, (956) 698-5400.


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