Nearly two million Americans undergo elective orthopedic surgery each year. And the numbers keep growing—hip replacements are projected to double over the next fifteen years, and knee replacements will quadruple. When you are ready for your procedure, you’ll want a copy of An Insider’s Guide to Orthopedic Surgery at your side. It is the only book that will help you prepare yourself (and your home) for a quicker and more thorough recovery.
As a physical therapist who has spent more than seventeen years helping patients through recovery, author Elizabeth Kaufmann discusses the things that your surgeon won’t cover. You’ll get detailed, practical instruction on:
• Preparing your home for the equipment you’ll need upon return
• Understanding what will happen at every step of your hospital stay, from arrival through surgery to release (which will likely be sooner than you expect)
• Getting the best care from therapists and other hospital and rehab staff members
• Dealing with pain throughout the healing process
• Building a support network to help provide care during recovery
You’ll also learn the difference between a physical therapist and an occupational therapist; be ready for that first session; and find out the advantages of home therapy, sub-acute rehab, and outpatient therapy.
If you have been suffering from chronic pain in the shoulder, knee, or hip, joint replacement can offer a second chance at restoring the life you desire. An Insider’s Guide to Orthopedic Surgery will help you get ready for it.
An Insider's Guide to Orthopedic Surgery
A Physical Therapist Shares the Keys to a Better Recovery
Elizabeth Kaufmann, Jared Foran
2 January 2018
6.00 x 9.00in.
About the author
Elizabeth Kaufmann is a physical therapist and a former award-winning journalist in the health and fitness field. In addition to treating orthopedic patients for seventeen years, she has watched close family members go through eight knee, hip, and shoulder replacements. She lives with her husband, writer Ernest Tucker, in Colorado.
Jared Foran, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in arthritic disorders of the hip and knee. He is currently the director of joint replacements at OrthoColorado and St. Anthony Hospitals in Lakewood, Colorado.