Education and Support

At Sentara RMH, our goal is to relieve your pain, restore your independence and return you to work and other daily activities.

We believe that YOU play a key role in your successful recovery. We involve you in each step of the program. Every detail, from peri-operative teaching to post-operative exercising, is considered and reviewed with you.

The Steps to Recovery

Step 1: Your surgeon’s office will provide you with either the Sentara RMH Joint Services or Sentara RMH Spine Services patient handbook. Your handbook is a detailed guide on what to expect before, during, and after surgery, as well as helpful hints and requirements for a successful recovery. Bring the handbook with you to all classes and appointments and to the hospital during surgery.

Step 2: After your surgery is scheduled, a member of the team will schedule your pre-operative class. At class, you’ll meet members of the team, have the opportunity to ask questions, review the pre-operative exercises, and more. It’s encouraged that you bring a family member or friend to act as your coach.

Step 3: During your stay with us, your pain will be monitored closely.

  • Joint replacement patients: After surgery you will begin physical therapy and, if needed, occupational therapy. Discharge planning will begin as early as post-operative Day 1. By post-operative Day 3, you will be discharged, either directly home or to a skilled care facility, depending on your needs.
  • Spine surgery patients: Your stay at Sentara RMH will vary depending on the type of spine surgery scheduled. During your time with us, you’ll begin physical therapy and, if needed, occupational therapy. Discharge planning will begin as early as post-operative day one. At time of discharge, you will go directly home. A skilled care facility may be considered, depending on the needs of the patient.

Step 4: You’ll be given a plan for exercises to complete at home to help with a successful recovery. All patients are also invited to a reunion luncheon with staff several weeks after surgery.

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