Joint Replacement Program

For painful joints that don’t respond to medication or therapy, joint replacement surgery offers a solution to help reduce pain and maintain or regain mobility.

Joint replacement surgery has been performed in the United States for several decades — and, with evolving technology and surgical approaches, it offers a welcome solution to patients who have struggled with chronic pain and reduced mobility.

Joint replacement surgery replaces the painful parts of the joint with metal and plastic components that are designed to mimic the form and function of the original body part, and reduce painful friction and stress.

Hundreds of thousands of people undergo hip, knee or shoulder replacement surgery each year, with high success rates and improved quality of life. Most patients are able to regain complete use of the affected limb and resume their normal activities.

What makes our program unique?

A Dedicated Joint Unit

  • 11 private patient rooms located in our
  • Orthopedic Center on the 4th floor of the hospital
  • Specially trained orthopedic nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists 
  • Dedicated physical therapy gym, Group PT sessions at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Joint Commission Certification for Knee and Hip Replacement 2016-2018 
  • Comprehensive program focusing on patient experience and outcomes utilizing Best Practice Protocols

Patient Education / Preparation 

  • Joint Replacement Guidebooks provided to all patients 
  • Pre-operative classes offered to increase knowledge of procedure and focus on discharge planning 
  • Discharge to home improved to 73% in 2017 with greater independence and family education

Patient Care: A Philosophy of Wellness and  Early Patient Mobility

  • Operating rooms with dedicated Total Joint OR Teams 
  • Standardized pre- and post-operative orders have been created to deliver an optimum level of care 
  • Pain protocols are initiated pre-operatively. Use of a non-narcotic local analgesic decreases use of narcotics, increases patient comfort, promotes early ambulation and decreases nausea 
  • Patients are encouraged to be out of bed and walking the day of surgery 
  • Patients wear their own clothing rather than hospital gown 
  • Group physical therapy sessions promote friendly patient competition and improved outcomes 
  • Nurse Practitioner: manages patient symptoms and monitors clinical progress, improves patient safety and post-op recovery, offers cell phone for patient questions, makes follow-up phone calls the day after discharge

Patient Satisfaction 

  • Top Patient Satisfaction scores have averaged 66.3 of 70 (70 is perfect) since start of program in 2012 
  • Average length of stay is 1.4 days; most discharges  are within 23 hours

Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery Candidates for joint surgery should be in good health, and free from chronic conditions such as heart or lung disease that may raise the risk of complications. Your physician will review your health history and background before making a recommendation for surgery.

If you are a candidate for surgery, you can help contribute to a better surgical outcome by preparing for your surgery:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Your physician may make dietary recommendations or prescribe nutritional supplements.
  • Educate yourself about what to expect, and what you can do to help with a good recovery.

Each patient’s joint replacement surgery journey begins with preoperative education and guidance in preparing for surgery. Our care team walks each patient through the process, from orientation to surgery and discharge.

Pre-operative classes are offered for all patients undergoing joint surgery. This seminar helps provide patients with valuable information on what to expect, self-care after surgery, and your role in your recovery. This free class is taught by our orthopedic nurse practitioner.

After Surgery

Patients are assisted out of bed and walking 2-4 hours following surgery. The following day patients attend  two group physical therapy sessions. The physical therapist visits patients twice daily for exercises and ambulation sessions.

Full recovery generally takes six to eight weeks, but most patients are able to function well at discharge. Continued physical therapy is needed to strengthen healing ligamentsandincreaseflexibilityofthenewjoint.

Patients discharge options may include returning home with home health support, outpatient therapy, or to a skilled care facility. We will coordinate your discharge from the hospital and help ensure that your discharge needs have been arranged for prior to discharge including postoperative medications and physicians instructions.