What to Expect
Trusting Your Orthopedic Health to Kaweah Delta
When you need orthopedic surgical services, we want to make sure you have
a very good experience at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. Part of that is
making sure you know what to expect during your visit. Below are some
resources to help you understand your visit.
Prepare for Surgery
Avoiding Surgical Site Infections (SSI)
It’s helpful to plan ahead and prepare for your arrival home from
surgery by doing the following:
- Shop for food and have groceries stocked.
- Prepare meals before surgery and freeze them
- Remove throw rugs or secure floor coverings
- Remove cords or clutter from walkways
- Make sure you have good lighting
- Secure handrails and steps
- Frequently used items should be in safe, reachable distance
- Plan care for pets
- Live in a two-story home? Prepare a place on the first floor
- Are you a care provider? Make arrangements for care during your hospital stay
Pre-Admission and Testing Appointment
When your physician schedules your operation or procedure, they will also
schedule a Pre-Admission and Testing Appointment at Kaweah Admission and
Testing Services, 1633 S. Court St., in Visalia. This is a very important
appointment that you must attend because it allows us to take your complete
medical history, past and present. This appointment will be approximately
60-90 minutes and could possibly include additional testing ordered by
your physician, i.e. lab, EKG or chest x-ray. For this appointment, please
bring the following:
- Insurance cards
- Advance healthcare directive
- All medications that you are currently taking in their original containers
What to Bring to the Hospital
While patients may wish to bring personal items to use during your hospital
stay, we encourage patients to leave valuables at home. The patient is
responsible for any items brought into the facility. Things to bring to
- Current list of medications (prescriptions, over the counter, vitamins,
and herbal medications), dose, how often taken, and time last dose taken.
- A good, solid, low-heeled pair of shoes (no open back or strapless shoes)
- Hearing aids Glasses
- Dentures or partials
- Loose fitting clothes (for discharge)
- Bathrobe (optional)
- Personal items such as your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion,
comb or brush
- Check-in at Kaweah Delta Medical Center's Ambulatory Surgical Center,
located on the first floor of the hospital right off of Willow Street
- You'll be given a one-day parking permit to park in Special Services
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day of your surgery unless
instructed by your surgeon
- If you are diabetic, please check your blood sugar as normal, but check
with your surgeon before taking insulin or pills
- When admitted, talk to your nurse about medications and your complete medical history
Patients can expect to stay in the hospital for a few days after surgery.
They may be admitted to a short-stay rehabilitation unit for more therapy
after discharge. Outpatient physical therapy sessions will usually continue
for at least two months to ensure maximum recovery.
The Broderick Pavilion (11-bed post-surgical unit, based on availablity) - Click
HERE to learn more.
Total Joint Camp
At Kaweah Delta, we've developed a mandatory, pre-surgery educational
class for people who are getting joint replacement surgery. Taught by
our multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation nurses, physical therapists,
and occupational therapists, this class will keep you informed about everything
from exercises to tips on how to get around, pain control and getting
through daily activities after surgery. This comprehensive, pre-operative
class is designed to involve a support person or "coach." The
coach will also learn the exercises and learn about expectations for post-surgical care.
Total Joint Class
- Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Dates: First four Wednesdays of the month - no class on any 5th Wednesday
in a month, or on holidays.
- Place: Kaweah Delta Rehabilitation Hospital, 840 S. Akers St. Information: 624-3800