Providence Center for Joint Replacement Features "Patient-Centric" Approach to Faster Recovery and Better Outcomes
More than one in four Americans have bone or joint health problems, making them the greatest cause of lost work days in the U.S, and an estimated one million hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed each year, according the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
The Center for Joint Replacement at the E. Anthony Rankin Pavilion, a Providence Destination Center for Superior Performance, features a comprehensive, ‘patient-centric’ approach to those having hip and knee replacement surgery in the Washington, DC metro area.
The team of orthopaedic specialists at Providence, known for its state-of-the art arthroscopic treatments and technologies for hips and knees, as well as shoulders, hands, wrists and elbows provides patients with the most advanced care to expedite their recovery and quickly return them to normal activities.
The Joint Replacement program is designed to engage the patient beginning with pre-operative classes and continuing through the recovery process. Patients are encouraged to have a friend or family member act as a ‘coach’ as they go through the joint replacement process, and they participate in activities with other patients undergoing similar surgeries.
Prior to surgery, patients attend a pre-operative class where they receive information on what to expect before, during and after their joint replacement surgery. They are assigned special rooms in a dedicated setting, fostering an atmosphere of ‘wellness’, and work in groups with other patients and a specially trained staff where they are encouraged to take an active role in their own recovery and rehabilitation.
Patients wear their own clothes instead of hospital gowns, and they exercise and eat together. The ‘group’ approach is designed to make recuperation fun and patients support one another during their hospital stay. Previous participants in the program have experienced shorter hospital stays, had fewer complications and better outcomes than those who experienced joint replacements in a traditional setting.
“We’re pleased to offer this ‘patient-centric’ approach to joint replacement at the E. A. Rankin Pavilion at Providence,” said Dr. Craig M. Thomas, Director of Orthopaedics.” This new program combines our clinical expertise with a proactive, personalized approach to patient rehabilitation and recovery, ensuring active patient engagement and excellent outcomes.”
Hip or knee pain sufferers are encouraged to attend one of Providence Hospital’s Joint Replacement educational seminars.
When surgery is the best treatment option for you, count on Providence Hospital’s board-certified orthopedic surgeons for compassionate and individualized care through the use of state-of-the-art surgical solutions to remedy joint problems.
Our orthopedic surgeons have the experience you expect of exceptional practitioners and the compassion and love for their patients that provides unprecedented individualized care. Providence offers total hip replacement surgery and total knee replacement surgery.
Total Hip Replacement
The Total Hip Replacement surgery removes damaged bone and cartilage from the hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint (prosthesis). An artificial ball connected to a stem replaces the ball of your thighbone. An artificial cup, shaped like a bowl, replaces the worn socket. These parts fit to create a new artificial hip that works almost exactly like your natural hip joint. All parts have smooth surfaces for comfortable movement once you have healed from surgery. The prosthesis is usually made of a wear-resistant plastic (polyethylene) and a metal (titanium, stainless steel, or cobalt), depending on what your doctor determines is best for you. The artificial ball and socket are held in place by bone cement or by your bone growing into the prosthesis, or by a combination of both.
Total Knee Replacement
The Total Knee Replacement surgery removes the surfaces of the knee joint and inserts a new metal and plastic prosthesis. The femoral replacement is metal and covers the end of the thighbone. The tibial replacement has a metal stem with a plastic tray that glides on the femoral piece. The patellar replacement is plastic and glides in the groove of the femur.
The Total Joint Education Program
At Providence Hospital, we understand how intimidating and sometimes scary joint replacement surgery can be. Undergoing joint replacement is a process that begins well before the day of surgery. In order to help you through this process and to educate you on the many steps in a joint replacement, Providence’s Orthopedic Services offers a Total Joint Program.
The Total Joint Program assists patients as they prepare for total hip and/or knee replacement surgery. The program provides patients with comprehensive information about their surgical procedure in order to increase their knowledge about the procedure, help them prepare for surgery, and guide them through the recovery process.
Our detailed program includes:
- Consultation with Care Management Services to determine what post-surgery options your insurance covers
- Consultation with your Physical Therapist concerning recommended activities and exercises post-surgery
- Consultation with your surgeon, recovery room nurse, and respiratory care department concerning your procedure
- Patient Education Session and Manual
When you and your doctor have decided that surgery is the best treatment plan for you, he or she will refer you to the Total Joint Program. You will need to complete the program prior to the day of your surgery.
The program is offered every Monday from 2 pm – 4 pm in the 5th Floor Solarium for patients and their families. To schedule your appointment, call the Orthopedic Nurse Specialist at (202) 269- 7598. When you come for your session, report to the Orthopedic Patient Floor (5 South) Nurses’ Station, and notify the unit secretary that you have arrived to meet with the Orthopedic Nurse Specialist.
Connect with one of our orthopedic physicians or call our physician referral services line at 1-855-823-WELL (9355).
To learn more about Providence’s Orthopedic Services, call us at (202)- 269-7584.