Experts in Treating Joint Pain

Better Outcomes in Joint Replacement Surgery & Rehabilitation

Are you tired of living in pain because of bad joints or sports injuries? Let the orthopaedic specialists at Providence Center for Orthopaedics help you get moving again, pain-free.

The Providence Center for Orthopaedics is a leader among hospitals in Washington, D.C. in hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgery. Our surgical experience, coupled with compassionate and dedicated nurses and rehab specialists, give our patients the care, confidence and ability to return to an active lifestyle without joint pain.

Our Team Approach

At the Providence Center for Orthopaedics, we apply our clinical expertise to establish an accurate diagnosis quickly and develop a plan of care that fits the needs of each patient suffering from joint pain or discomfort. It is our practice to exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering surgery. 

If and when a surgical procedure becomes the right choice, we offer a Total Joint  Replacement Program.  The Total Joint Program will assist you in preparing for total hip and/or knee replacement surgery. The program will provide you with comprehensive information about your recommended surgical procedure, help you prepare for surgery, and guide you through recovery and rehabilitation. Our team will be with you every step of the way.

The Total Joint Program Preparation

Our detailed program includes:

  • Consultation with Care Management Services to determine what post-surgery options your insurance will cover
  • Consultation with Physical Therapist concerning recommended activities and exercises post-surgery
  • Consultation with surgeon, recovery room nurse, and respiratory care department concerning your procedure
  • Patient Education Session and Manual

The Total Joint Program Education Session is offered every Monday from 9:00AM - 11:00AM in the 5th Floor Solarium, for patients and their families. To schedule your appointment and enroll in the Total Joint Program, call the Orthopaedic Nurse Specialist at (202) 854-4873. 

When you come for your session, report to the Orthopaedic Patient Floor (5 South) Nurses' Station, and notify the unit secretary that you have arrived to meet with the Orthopaedic Nurse Specialist. You will need to complete the program prior to the day of your surgery.

The Providence Center for Orthopaedics wants to help you regain the independence, mobility and freedom you enjoyed before joint pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

In a healthy body, the ends of the bones are covered with cartilage, a rubbery material that provides a cushion and prevents bones from rubbing together. Over time, arthritis can cause the cartilage to break down, resulting in severe pain and swelling as well as a loss of motion in the joints. When there is no other alternative treatment, the solution is total joint replacement.

During a total joint replacement, your joint replacement surgeon removes the damaged joint, like your hip, knee or shoulder joint and replaces it with a new, artificial joint made of durable synthetic materials. While this procedure is complex The Surgeon at the Providence Center for Orthopedics are some of the most experienced in the region.

You don’t have to live with chronic pain or let arthritis hold you back. If joint pain is keeping you from enjoying day-to-day activities like walking, climbing stairs or limiting your ability to work, you may benefit from a total joint replacement at Providence.

We have a unique system in place to ease patients’ fears and enable you to be pain-free much sooner. Our rapid mobilization involves educating the patient about the recovery process in advance of the surgery, having anesthesiologists provide pain therapy, and employing an aggressive approach to rehabilitation therapy, which enables patients to take their first steps the same night as the surgery.

Yes. We specialize in hip, knee, and shoulder replacement surgery. Our team comprises total joint replacement surgeons, doctors, nurses and physical and occupational therapists.

Patients from around the world have sought our award-winning orthopaedic care. Our orthopaedic surgeons at Providence are some of the most experienced surgeons in Washington, D.C. They are constantly pursuing the latest methods to make joint replacement surgery as minimally invasive as possible, which cuts down on postoperative pain and time spent in recovery.

We also involve you in the process every step of the way and make sure that you are fully prepared with our Total Joint Program. This way, you know exactly what to expect. Your experience begins with a pre-surgery class, where you’ll learn more about your upcoming procedure and have an opportunity to ask questions. After your surgery, our caring rehabilitation team guides you through the recovery process.

The individualized multidisciplinary care at the Providence Center for Orthopaedics is unique. From pre-op to surgery to post-op care, it’s a very coordinated team effort. A key element is Providence’s pre-op class that informs you about what to expect and what is expected of you. You’ll learn how to prepare for surgery, about the entire process from arrival to surgery to discharge, what the hospital stay will be like, and what life will be like after you leave the hospital. The class decrease anxiety and explain the post-op experience. Everyone is on the same page. The entire process – not just the surgery but also the education and follow-up – is emphasized at Providence.

Your team at Providence will do their best to help you return to the pain-free lifestyle that you had before joint pain. Your surgeon and rehabilitation team will help you decide what activities are best for the health and longevity of your joints.

All surgeries carry some risk however, most surgeries go well without any complications. Some potential risks may include infection and blood clots. To avoid these complications, we use antibiotics and blood thinners. We also take special precautions in the operating room to reduce the risk of infections.

All surgeries carry some risk however, most surgeries go well without any complications. Some potential risks may include infection and blood clots. To avoid these complications, we use antibiotics and blood thinners. We also take special precautions in the operating room to reduce the risk of infections.

Yes. You should discuss preoperative physical therapy/exercise options with your joint replacement surgeon. Exercises should begin as soon as possible.

Most joint replacements last 10-15 years or more. However, there is no guarantee and a second replacement may be necessary.

On average, the surgeries take one to two hours.

Your surgeon may request that you get out of bed the day of your surgery. The next morning you will get up, sit in a chair and walk with a walker with help from the staff.

Typically, you will have a two-three day stay in the acute care hospital. You will remain in the hospital until you are walking well enough to be safe at home. Make arrangements before surgery to have someone stay with you when you are discharged. If you need more time for rehabilitation, other options might be available to you. During your acute care stay you will meet with a case manager who will assist you with your discharge plans. Based on your progress, the rehabilitation staff and your physician will provide you with discharge recommendations.

Yes, but we will keep you comfortable with appropriate medication. Your comfort is important to our staff. The day of surgery, some patients control their own medicine with a special pump that delivers the drug directly into their IV. Your joint replacement surgeon will discuss with you what pain control option is best for you.

During your acute care stay our rehabilitation staff will assess your equipment needs and make recommendations. Until your muscle strength returns you will need a walker, cane, or crutches. Other equipment may include a shower chair, a three-in-one bedside commode, as well as other adaptive equipment designed to help you with your activities of daily living. The case manager will coordinate obtaining the appropriate equipment for your home.

Most patients go directly home when discharged. The case manager will arrange for a physical therapist to come to your home three times a week. Some patients need to go to an inpatient rehabilitation facility before they go home. We will work with you through our care management department to check with your insurance company to see what rehabilitation benefits you are eligible for.

Some insurance providers do not cover these services even if your doctor or physical therapist has recommended it. Call your insurance company in advance to determine if these services are covered. Whether or not you are a candidate for rehabilitation or home care depends on your progress after surgery. Many insurance providers do not cover hospital beds, wheelchairs, tub or shower chairs, grab bars or three-in-one commode chairs for patients who have had total joint replacement surgery.

A discharge planning nurse or social worker will consider your insurance benefits to coordinate your discharge treatment plan.

Yes. The first several days or weeks, depending on your progress, you will need someone to assist you with meal preparation, housekeeping, etc. If you go directly home from the hospital, family or friends need to be available to help.

Yes. Physical therapy will continue after you go home with a therapist in your home or at an outpatient physical therapy facility. The length of time required for type of therapy varies with each patient. We will help you make these arrangements before you go home.

The ability to drive depends on whether surgery was on your right or left leg and the type of car you drive. If the surgery was on your left leg and you have an automatic transmission, you could be driving at two weeks. If the surgery was on your right leg, driving could be restricted up to six weeks. Typically, when you are discharged from the hospital you will be independent with basic activities of daily living such as dressing and bathing. Getting back to normal will depend somewhat on your progress. Within six months you will be able to resume most of your pre-surgical activities based upon your physician’s recommendation.

We recommend that most people take at least one month off from work, even if your job allows you to sit frequently. More strenuous jobs will require a longer absence from work.

Your surgeon and team will discuss restrictions that will keep your joint healthy and protected.

Contact Us

Connect with one of our Orthopaedic Physicians by calling our physician referral services line at 1-855-823-WELL (9355).

Main hospital Phone: (202) 854 7000

Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street, N.E. Washington, DC 20017 2180