Joint Academy

The Joint Academy at Saint Joseph Hospital is a pre-operative joint replacement class designed to prepare you for your upcoming surgery and provide you with the knowledge and skills to ensure your recovery is the best that it can be. It is a comprehensive class and is required for every patient. You will hear from our medical team including our Nurse Manager, Staff Nurse, Orthopedic Nurse Navigator, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Home Health Nurse Liaison and Health Coach.

Call 859.313.2718 today to register for a free seminar.

What You Will Learn

What to expect: 

  • During pre-admission testing
  • The day of surgery
  • During your hospital stay
  • Post-surgery

How to prepare for surgery
Pain management during recovery
The importance of early mobility 

Class Schedules 

Total Hip and Knee Replacement Class
Available every Wednesday and Friday - 9:30–12:00pm

Shoulder Replacement Class
Available every second and fourth Thursday 12:30-1:30pm

The Role of the Orthopedic Nurse Navigator

A Nurse Navigator is a registered nurse who is specially trained in caring for patients who undergo joint replacement surgery.  

  • Provides patients with a single point of contact and will guide you from pre-surgery to post-surgery care and through rehabilitation and recovery.  
  • Provides comprehensive education to ensure our patients and family members are prepared for surgery and recovery.
  • Works closely with the surgeon and the entire care team to ensure our patients and family members have the best possible experience and outcome. 

Orthopedic Nurse Navigator
Liz Lyons, RN, BSN, CRRN

Hear from our patients. 

“Joint Academy was wonderful. I felt more prepared for my surgery and am more confident because I knew what was going to happen and there were no surprises.” 

“Joint Academy taught me how to manage my pain and exercise so I can walk right away.”

“The most valuable lesson I learned was that I have to be in charge of my recovery.”


Anterior Total Hip Replacement
Posterior Total Hip Replacement
Total Knee Replacement
Anatomic Total Shoulder Replacement
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

To register for a free seminar, call 859.313.2718.

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