The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods was established in 1996 with the purpose of creating a healthcare facility that places importance on providing excellent medical treatments. Since the individual patient is the main priority at Southwoods, the facility needed to give the patient information about his/her surgery in a way that the viewer understands regardless of that person’s health literacy level. To meet this prerequisite, the hospital was in need of new outpatient education material. The purpose of this project is to clearly inform patients what to expect before, during, and after surgery. This educational material will be given to every person going for three specific surgeries: total hip arthroplasty, total knee arthroplasty, spinal surgeries. Each booklet describes in detail what the patient should do before, what will happen during, and what to do during the recovery phase of their surgery. Common causes for these surgeries and corrective measures have been illustrated. After the surgery, the patient will be required to perform certain exercises to help with recovery in gaining full range of motion as well as learning how to use walkers. The booklets illustrate how to do activities of daily living after surgery, exercises to help in the recovery process and how to use different walking aids. The patients will have insight into their surgery and what is expected afterwards to reach full recovery.

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Medical Illustration(MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

Medical Illustration (CHST)


James Perkins

Advisor/Committee Member

Glen Hintz

Advisor/Committee Member

AJ Minotti


RIT – Main Campus