Total Joint Replacement Surgery Education Class

Total Joint Replacement Surgery Education Class

Our Joint Endeavors class prepares you for hip and knee replacement surgery at Rush Copley Medical Center, including providing pre-surgery testing to prevent infection.

Our Joint Endeavors class prepares you for hip and knee replacement surgery at Rush Copley Medical Center, including providing pre-surgery testing to prevent infection.

Our free Joint Endeavors education class helps prepare you for your hip or knee replacement surgery at Rush Copley Medical Center.

What Our Joint Endeavors Class Covers

Currently, our surgery education class is held virtually. Your Rush Copley Medical Center Total Joint Replacement coordinator will provide you with the information to join the class, along with an education packet.

We provide the following:

  • Pre-surgery testing to prevent infection
  • Information on preparing for, and recovering from, joint replacement surgery
  • Special cloths to bathe with before surgery, plus bathing instructions

Preventing Infection After Joint Replacement Surgery

  • Most patients do well after a hip or knee replacement surgery. However, 1 to 2% of patients may develop an infection after the operation. An infection in your joint may cause you to need antibiotics or more surgery and increase the time it takes for you to recover.
  • All people carry bacteria on their skin, in their hair and in their nose, mouth and stomach. The normal bacteria that we carry can cause infection after surgery. One such bacterium is called Staphylococcus aureus. About 20 to 25% of people carry it in their nose, where it usually does not cause a problem.
  • To decrease your risk of infection after joint surgery, we test you to find out if you carry Staphylococcus aureus in your nose.

Testing for Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteria

  • We will check for two types of Staphylococcus aureus: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA).
  • This test should be done before you complete your COVID-19 swab before surgery. This can be done at the outpatient lab at Rush Copley Medical Center, Rush Copley Healthcare Center in Yorkville or at your doctor’s office.
  • We will rub a cotton swab gently on the inside of your nose. It may tickle, but it will not hurt. You do not need to fast for this test. You will receive a call with your test results.
  • If you are positive for MRSA or MSSA in your nose, a prescription for a medication called mupirocin (Bactroban) will be called into your pharmacy. You will put a small amount of this ointment on a cotton swab in your nostril every morning and evening for five days, starting five days before the day of surgery. This medicine will kill the Staphylococcus aureus.
  • A positive test does not mean you have an infection, only that you tested positive for carrying this bacteria. Your surgery will not be canceled if you test positive. However, you may be at higher risk for developing a surgical infection if you do not get treated before surgery.

Pre-surgery Bathing

  • Another way to decrease infection is to clean your skin with special soap before your surgery.
  • We provide all joint surgery patients with antibacterial soap called Hibiclens(chlorhexidine gluconate).
  • This soap helps reduce bacteria on your skin before surgery and needs to be used whether you tested positive or negative for Staphylococcus aureus.
  • You will also be given complete instructions on how to use this soap before your surgery.

Class Details

When: Fridays at 2 p.m. The class lasts about an hour.

Where: Via weblink. Your Rush Copley Medical Center Total Joint Replacement coordinator will send you details to join the class.

Registering for class: Registration is required so we can prepare everything for you ahead of time. To best meet your educational and testing needs, select a class time within the 10 to 14 days before your surgery. We suggest you sign up for the class at your last surgeon's appointment before your surgery. If you were not able to do so, please register online for this free class or call (888) 352-7874. For any additional questions or assistance, please call Rush Copley’s Total Joint Replacement coordinator at (630) 898-3849.