Come to Joint Re­place­ment Class on June 26

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Nancy Gunn, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion New­port, VT


a doc­tor sug­gested you con­sider hav­ing a knee or hip re­placed? Or do you have a loved one who is con­sid­er­ing hav­ing one of those pro­ce­dures? If you an­swered yes to ei­ther ques­tion you might want to at­tend the Joint Re­place­ment Class that is be­ing held at North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal in New­port at 3 p.m. on Tues­day, June 26.

“Joint Re­place­ment Class is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to learn about the process in­volved in get­ting a to­tal joint re­placed,” Mary­Jane

Man­fredi said. “All of the staff in­volved in the pro­ce­dure will take you through each step, from the ini­tial eval­u­a­tion with the sur­geon through re­cov­ery. The class is open to those who have al­ready con­sulted with a physi­cian re­gard­ing to­tal joint re­place­ment as well as those who are con­tem­plat­ing their op­tions and want to learn more. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come and en­cour­aged to at­tend. How­ever, due to space lim­i­ta­tions we do ask that you call our of­fice and regis­ter.” Mary­Jane is the prac­tice man­ager for North Coun­try Orthopaedics. Fam­ily mem­bers of po­ten­tial joint re­place­ment pa­tients are also wel­come to at­tend the class.

Drs. Glen Neale and Thomas Var­ney, the full-time Orthopaedic sur­geons at North Coun­try Orthopaedics, per­form the joint re­place­ment surg­eries. Also on staff in the prac­tice is Norm Dupuis, an Orthopaedic Physi­cian As­sis­tant, rou­tinely see­ing pa­tients and as­sist­ing in surgery.

Joint School is co­or­di­nated by Car­men Boudreau, Sur­gi­cal Sched­uler for North Coun­try Orthopaedics. She is in­ti­mately in­volved in the sur­gi­cal sched­ul­ing process and co­or­di­nates with both of the sur­geons to make sure that ev­ery­thing that they need is in the OR the day of their surgery. She makes sure that each depart­ment is rep­re­sented at Joint Re­place­ment School as well as co­or­di­nat­ing all of the pre-op­er­a­tive and post-op­er­a­tive ap­point­ments for each pa­tient. Car­men pro­vides in­for­ma­tion pack­ets, in­struc­tions and a check­list for pa­tients to be­gin pre­par­ing for be­gin­ning eight weeks prior to their surgery.

Drs. Neale and Var­ney plan to at­tend The chil­dren of and

in­vite you to cel­e­brate their 60th Wed­ding An­niver­sary on June 30th, 2012 at their home at 2255 Ch. Tomi­fo­bia for an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Best wishes only the class to ex­plain the pro­ce­dure in de­tail and what to expect dur­ing the re­cov­ery pe­riod. Other mem­bers of the staff will be at­tend­ing, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the operating staff, nurs­ing, and phys­i­cal ther­apy. Of­ten­times former pa­tients, who went through the class and then went on to have joint re­place­ment surgery, are in­vited to at­tend to share their ex­pe­ri­ences. At a sim­i­lar class on March 8, Richard Clay of Bar­ton, who had dou­ble knee re­place­ment surgery, shared his ex­pe­ri­ence. He told how he was re­luc­tant to at­tend the class lead­ing up to his surgery.

“I didn’t want to go to it,” Richard said. “I just wanted to get it done. I was mad when I was told I had to go.”

He be­grudg­ingly went to the class know­ing he wasn’t go­ing to learn any­thing he didn’t al­ready know. That isn’t what tran­spired, though. When he left the meet­ing, he said he had a new ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the pro­ce­dure, and had be­come a firm be­liever in the class.

“When I left the class I said it had been the best two hours I had spent in my life,” Richard said. “It was well worth it.”

Today Richard has two good knees and is a great vol­un­teer spokesper­son for the ben­e­fits of the class and joint re­place­ment surgery.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the up­com­ing class on June 26th, please con­tact North Coun­try Orthopaedics at 802334-4175.

1925-2012 – Passed away at his res­i­dence in West Bolton, on June 16th, 2012, at the age of 86 years. Sur­vived by his lov­ing wife Alice Thayer, his chil­dren Gary Whitcher (Laura Rutt), Wendy Whitcher, Eddy Whitcher (An­gela Jones), his grand­chil­dren Ryan, Den­nis, Ab­bi­gail, Tamara (Steve Alva), Sa­muel, Zacharyah, Kaitlin, his great grand­child Zay­den, his sis­ter Edythe Whitcher (pre­de­ceased by her hus­band Garth Mor­ris­sette). Also sur­vived by his other rel­a­tives and friends. Cre­ma­tion was held in Granby at Les Jardins Funéraires Bes­sette Cre­ma­to­rium. The fam­ily will re­ceive con­do­lences on Thurs­day, June 21st, 2012 at 10 a.m. There will be an Oddfel­lows’ ser­vice at 1 p.m. fol­lowed by the funeral ser­vice at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Les Rési­dences Funéraires Bes­sette 5034, Fos­ter St. Water­loo, QC J0E 2N0 Tel 450 539-1606 or 888 730-6666 Fax 450 539-3035 www.famillebes­

Mem­ber of the C.T.Q. In­ter­ment at the Hill House Ceme­tery in West Bolton. In his memory, do­na­tions to the Hill House Ceme­tery (Creek) would be ap­pre­ci­ated c/o Bob Quil­liams, 67 Mizener Road, West Bolton, QC J0E 2T0.

Jen Davis, Operating Room Nurse at North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal, dis­plays the hard­ware and equip­ment needed to per­form hip re­place­ment surgery to Richard and Mar­sha Daniels. Joint Re­place­ment School gave the Daniels de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on Mr. Daniels’ surgery as well at an up close and per­sonal look at all of the equip­ment and hard­ware used dur­ing the pro­ce­dure.

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