Three to four months prior to surgery, patients have x-rays of their hip or knee and an evaluation of their medical history. Results of the tests, along with their x-rays, are sent to Operation Walk before departing on the mission trip. This enables us to be better prepared to make an initial screening and to acquire the appropriate supplies and particular sizes of joint implants. Time is spent with each patient and their family members making them aware of what to expect from their surgical procedure. Also great care is taken to explain and demonstrate proper procedures for rehabilitation following surgery. Our physical therapists hold classes for family members showing appropriate techniques for going up and down stairs and walking with crutches, walkers and canes.
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