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Spine and Joint Academy

The Spine and Joint Academy is a free service of Mountain View Hospital. Are you trying to figure out what to do with those painful joints, back or neck? Are you expecting surgery on a hip, knee or shoulder? Are you considering having your neck or spine operated on? Do you wonder what it would be like at the hospital and how you will cope when you get back home? Call the Spine and Joint Academy to find out! We will help you manage through the preparations, possible surgery, and recovery to active living. You will never be charged for these classes even if you never have surgery.

The spine and joint academy is the resource to call even if you are not sure that you really want or need surgery. We can answer your questions and help you to know what options are available to you.

What Are the Benefits of Attending the Spine and Joint Academy?

Being Prepared - The Spine and Joint Academy will help patients better understand what to expect before, during and after surgery. We will also help you plan to prepare your home for post-surgical care.

Understanding the Surgery - The patient will gain a basic understanding of what will happen during the surgery and what to expect afterwards. This will include basic anatomy, pain management, infection prevention, nutrition for healing, post-operative precautions, and tips to help you return to maximum mobility after surgery. Our goal is that every patient is knowledgeable, comfortable and informed both before and after their operation.

How Are Classes Structured?

Academy Director, JoAnn Winn, RN

Classes are made up of small interactive groups and we encourage you to bring a family member or significant other. Patients will benefit from attending our spine and joint academy because research has shown that educated patients are able to participate in their care and therefore have better outcomes.

Our Academy educator and director, JoAnn Winn, has over 18 years OR experience and will help you and your family members navigate through at-home preparations, she will be with you the day of surgery, and will be available to answer questions even after you are discharged home.

Do I Still Need Spine or Joint Education if I Have Already Discussed Surgery with My Surgeon?

Yes. The Spine and Joint Academy will help you understand how you should prepare for your surgery.

Surgery can be a scary to think about because it is an unfamiliar experience, we are here to educate you and answer any questions you may have while preparing for your surgery. This should help to put your mind at ease.

At the Academy, we take a personal approach in teaching you based on your specific needs. The education we provide will include pain management, training by our physical therapy department, and everything in-between. We promise to make you as comfortable as possible. To learn more or find out when classes are available, please call: (801) 465-7168

Why Should I Come to the Spine and Joint Academy Before My Surgery?

At Mountain View Hospital, we regard you as the most important participant in your care. Our entire team is devoted to providing you with the best information that is going to help you manage your surgery, both pre- and post-operation. Educational support is a key factor in positive surgical outcomes. To enroll in the Spine Academy call: (801) 465-7168

We will cover topics specific to your surgery including:

  • Pathophysiology
  • Infection Prevention
  • Pre- and Post-Operative Education
  • Pain Management
  • Nutrition for Healing
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy
  • Exercise
  • Precautions (Post-Op)
  • General Information

You can find us on the hospital campus in the:

Medical Plaza Building
1000 E. 15 S., Suite 335
Payson, Utah 84651

Call to register today: (801) 465-7168