Sutter Amador Hospital will begin offering a new total joint replacement class for any members of the community who have joint pain or are considering a joint replacement surgery in the future.

“We understand people have several concerns when it comes to having a major surgery and we are here to address all of them,” said Jodi Porteous, a surgical nurse at the hospital. “This free class is an opportunity for people to meet with our care teams on an individual level to answer questions, provide a plan for recovery and ensure their comfort with the operation.”

The class covers a wide variety of topics, from the admission process, physical therapy and pain management to how to prepare the home and caregiver for a successful recovery.

“Our goal is to help make you feel as comfortable and prepared as possible before going into a procedure,” said CEO Anne Platt. “At Sutter Amador Hospital, you can be sure our team of surgeons, physicians and nursing staff are committed to surgical excellence and quick recoveries to get our patients back to the lives they love.”

Whether a procedure is scheduled or you plan to have a joint replacement in the future, the hospital’s multidisciplinary team of nurses, physical therapists, dieticians and physicians will provide a broad education of the procedure and the tools and education needed for a quick recovery. The class materials focus on helping prepare you and your loved ones for joint replacement surgery by familiarizing you with pre- and post-operative procedures.

“We believe it is equally important to educate the caregiver and the patient together on what to expect,” said Dr. Patrick Osgood, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Surgical Affiliates. “Our skilled surgical team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for our patients and their families.”

The classes will be offered on the third Monday of each month in the Multi-Conference Room, Sutter Amador Hospital, 200 Mission Blvd., Jackson, and preregistration is required. The first class is on April 16. To register, call 223-7420 or visit sutteramador.org to register online.

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