getting to know us
nursing and support staff
You will meet nurses, care partners, technicians and other support staff members in every phase of your care. From pre-admission testing, same-day surgery, operating room, recovery room and the orthopedic unit, the staff is here to ensure you receive excellent care. Our total joint coordinator will be in touch with you before your surgery and stay in contact with you throughout your total joint experience.
anesthesia and pain control
Prior to your surgery, you will meet with your anesthesiologist to review your medical history and plan the most appropriate anesthetic to meet your individual needs. Please make sure to tell them of any anesthesia experiences you've had in the past. The anesthesia used can be any of the following: Spinal, epidural, general, regional nerve block, or a combination of any of the above. No matter what type of anesthesia you have, be assured you will not feel the surgery.
Your anesthesiologist will formulate the best and most appropriate medication regimen to control your pain. Medications may be administered by oral or intravenous routes or via an epidural or peripheral nerve catheter; or any combination thereof. Rest assured, your comfort is our top priority, and your anesthesiologist will see you on a daily basis to assess your pain and side effects and adjust your treatments accordingly.
physical and occupational therapy
The therapist will help you with an exercise program. You will be given exercises to do before surgery. After surgery, the therapist will see you every day in the hospital, supervising your walking and reinforcing your exercises. Physical and occupational therapy continues when you leave the hospital, either in a rehabilitation facility or as an outpatient.
You may have x-rays taken of the joint area
Discharge planning begins prior to admission and continues throughout your hospital stay. Case management can arrange for walkers, commodes and your transportation home. Home care with a registered nurse and physical therapy can also be planned as per your insurance benefits. When you are no longer homebound, your physical therapy will continue as an outpatient according to your doctor's orders. Rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility can be arranged if you need it.