Following joint replacement surgery, all patients need medication for a time to prevent blood clots.
Patients using Coumadin must be closely monitored and dosages frequently adjusted for maximum benefit. This used to mean blood checks 2-3 times a week for the first six weeks following surgery, first from a home health nurse and later requiring visits to EvergreenHealth's Pharmacist Provider Services.
Patients using EvergreenHealth Home Care for their follow-up care can be monitored right in their homes with portable monitors, which can test the blood and analyze the results in just a few minutes. Any adjustments to the Coumadin dosage can be made immediately. Patients also appreciate that it requires only a finger stick of blood instead of a full blood draw.
For information about this service, please contact EvergreenHealth Home Care:
1.800.859.0166 - Toll free
A physical therapist from EvergreenHealth Rehabilitation Care will work with you to develop a treatment program to help you heal from your joint replacement surgery and strengthen the affected area to prevent a recurrence of the problem.
We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all rehab. Our treatment programs are individually tailored toward your goals, because what you need will be completely different from what someone else needs, and what exercises work for others may not be effective for you.
We’ll begin by helping you manage the post-surgical pain and learn how to move within certain constraints while you heal from the joint replacement surgery.
Once you have returned home, physical therapy will continue on an outpatient basis, along with periodic physician check-ups, to ensure recovery and rehabilitation is on track.
Throughout the rehabilitation phase, your physical therapist will keep your physicians and nurses fully informed about your progress.