Providing our patients with a faster recovery and return to the activities they enjoy is our goal at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic.
Here you'll find educational links, registration forms needed for your visit, rehab protocols, what to expect before, the day of and after surgery, as well as an overview of the types of providers you'll encounter.
Please remember that this information is for educational and informational purposes only. This information should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination, or to replace the advice of your medical professional. This information should not be used to determine the diagnosis or course of treatment.
To speed up your registration at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, we ask that you complete the appropriate forms below prior to your visit. Once complete, please mail, fax or bring the completed forms with you at the time of your appointment.
Download handouts of the rehab protocols provided to you by your physician, physician assistant or athletic trainer as a part of your rehabilitation program.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Achilles Tendinopathy Program HANDOUT
Range of Motion Exercises HANDOUT
Strength Exercises HANDOUT
Low Back Exercises HANDOUT
Elbow Tendinopathy Program HANDOUT
Elbow-Wrist Range of Motion Exercises HANDOUT
Elbow-Wrist Strength Exercises HANDOUT
Range of Motion Exercises HANDOUT
Stage 1 Strength Exercises HANDOUT
Stage 2 Strength Exercises HANDOUT
Stage 3 Strength Exercises HANDOUT
Stage 4A Strength Exercises HANDOUT
Stage 4B Strength Exercises HANDOUT
Range of Motion Exercises HANDOUT
Level 1 Strength Exercises HANDOUT
Level 2 Strength Exercises HANDOUT
Throwers 10 Exercise Program HANDOUT
Our specially trained staff of physicians, surgeons, therapists and other medical specialists are here to provide you with expert guidance on your path to orthopaedic wellness. The highly specialized teams at Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic represents expertise in every area of orthopaedic medicine. Whether you are seeking treatment following an injury or from a persistent condition, we are ready to help.
Our team includes:
- Surgeons. VOC’s Board-certified surgeons are recognized throughout the region for professional excellence
- Non-Operative Physicians. Our Board-certified emergency, family practice, and sports medicine trained physicians offer the expertise needed to treat any level of injury.
- Physician Assistants. VOC’s Physician Assistants are a vital component of our medical services team in assisting with patients.
- Athletic Trainers. Certified Athletic Trainers specializing in performance rehabilitation and training, strength conditioning, and sports medicine.
- Nurse Case Manager. On-site Nurse Case Managers provide personalized care, education, comfort, and communication for surgical patients.
- Medical Support Staff. Our medical support staff is made up of specially trained medical assistants and x-ray technicians
- Office Staff. Our friendly office staff includes our clinical services manager, medical secretaries, business office personnel, a surgical scheduler, a medical secretary, a file clerk, coding office personnel and helpful receptionists.
Surgery – Preparing
At Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, we understand that planning for surgery can be stressful. That’s why we make patient education and personalized care our top priorities.
From pre-operative planning through your recovery, your care will be overseen by your nurse navigator, who will be your guide during your surgery and recovery. Your nurse navigator will get to know you and your caregivers and address your individual needs, goals and concerns by providing a range of services, including:
- Answering questions about your procedure
- Coordinating required pre-admission testing, such as lab work or imaging procedures
- Providing you with the information you need to prepare for your surgery
- Offering guidance on what to expect during your recovery
- Enrolling you in a pre-operative class
- Assisting with scheduling follow-up appointments
- Navigating health insurance paperwork
- Reviewing plans for diet, exercise and rehabilitation after your procedure
- Providing referrals for additional services, such as home care or durable medical equipment, if needed
To make sure that you are as prepared as possible for your procedure and at-home recovery, we recommend that you and your support person attend one of our pre-operative classes. In addition to free public presentations by out expert surgeons, we offer classes focused on specific procedures, including all types of joint replacements.
During your pre-operative class, our medical professionals will answer any questions you may have and provide general information on a variety of topics, including:
- Pain management options, such as medications, blocks, injections and other methods
- Anatomy and joint functionality
- A description of the new joint and how it works, if applicable
- Infection prevention
- Preventative antibiotics, if required
- Pre-operative planning
- Recovery planning
- Fall risk and prevention
Before your surgery, your doctor may require you to undergo pre-admission tests, such as lab work or imaging procedures. Your nurse case manager will work closely with you to coordinate any required tests to ensure that they are completed in the appropriate timeframe.
Surgery – Day Of
At Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, we do everything we can to ensure that you are as prepared and comfortable as possible when the day of your procedure arrives.
On the day before your scheduled surgery, you will receive a phone call giving you your specific surgery time and required arrival time. You should carefully follow any instructions that your doctor may have given you regarding taking your regular medications, fasting or other concerns prior to your procedure.
What You Should Bring
On the day of your surgery, you should dress in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. You should bring as few personal belongings as possible. Your support person should accompany you.
When You Arrive
When you arrive for your surgery, you will need to check in with our registration specialists. You should be sure to have your insurance card and your photo ID with you when you check in.
After you are registered, you and your support person can have a seat in the surgical waiting room. When it is time to begin your pre-operative preparations, you will be escorted to the pre-op area where you will meet with your surgical team, including your surgeon, nurses and anesthesiologist, who will discuss your surgery and pain management options with you. Our staff will also start an IV and begin to get your ready for your surgery.
During your procedure, your support person can wait for you in our comfortable surgical waiting area.
After Your Procedure
After your surgery, you will be taken to our post-anesthesia care unit, where you will remain for an hour or two. Our specially trained nurses will evaluate your condition, assess your pain level and give you medications to keep you comfortable. When your condition is stable, your support person will be invited to join you.
If you had an outpatient procedure, our staff will help you prepare for discharge and answer any questions you may have about your home care. A staff member will assist you in getting to the building entrance. If your procedure requires a hospital stay, you will be moved to an inpatient hospital room.
Important: If your have had day surgery you must arrange for someone to drive you home.
Surgery – After
After you have surgery, it is important that you follow your doctor’s care recommendations and get plenty of rest. Depending on whether you are recovering at home or in the hospital, you may be asked to take specific precautions and follow detailed care instructions.
If your surgery requires a hospital stay, you will be moved to your hospital room after spending an hour or two in our post-anesthesia care unit.
The morning after your surgery, you will have your dressings changed and will begin a gradual program of inpatient physical and occupational therapy with on-site therapy specialists. Your therapy sessions will focus on performing normal activities, such as walking, getting in and out of bed and using the bathroom.
When you are medically stable and can get around with a walker or crutches, you will be discharged so you can complete your recovery at home. Your nurse care manager will go over your home-care instructions, answer any questions you may have and help you arrange for any necessary in-home assistance, such as medical supplies or nursing care.
If you had an outpatient procedure, our staff will help you prepare for discharge and answer any questions you may have about your home care. A staff member will assist you in getting to the building entrance.
Important: If you are having outpatient surgery, you must arrange for someone to drive you home.
Whether you had an inpatient or outpatient surgery, the weeks following your surgery are a critical phase of your recovery. Your nurse care manager will be available to answer questions and coordinate follow-up appointments. You will also receive all the information you need to successfully continue your recovery and rehabilitation from home, including:
- Directions on how to change dressings
- Detailed instructions for any prescribed pain medications
- A handout on at-home exercises that you need to perform
During your at-home recovery, you will work to regain the functionality needed to resume your normal activities. Your recovery plan may include a combination of outpatient rehabilitative services, such as physical and occupational therapy, and at-home exercises. Attending therapy sessions and performing your at-home exercises are critical to increasing your strength and improving your physical function.