From the moment you schedule surgery through the rehabilitation phase, the Joint Replacement Center team will be with you every step of the way.
At the core of our comprehensive Joint Replacement Center are board-certified orthopedic surgeons. Our surgeons offer advanced surgical techniques for chronic and debilitating pain in the hip or knee. Your surgeon works closely with a physician assistant, an advanced healthcare professional who will support you and your surgeon before, during, and after surgery. Orthopedic surgery is performed in new, dedicated state-of-the-art operating rooms, with enhanced imaging tools, digital technology, and other features to support surgeons in providing the highest-quality care.
Our patient care navigator will coordinate your care from the time your surgery is booked and will help you throughout the entire process. The navigator will ensure you have completed pre-admission testing and necessary medical evaluations prior to surgery and can discuss your discharge plans to make sure you are fully prepared for the recovery process. After surgery, the patient care navigator will continue to monitor your care and assess your progress in achieving your goals to resume activities and improved quality of life.
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s nursing team has been recognized by the Magnet Recognition Program® for excellence in nursing since 2002. Our Joint Replacement Center team includes orthopedic-certified nurses. Our nurses support joint replacement patients in their recovery by providing the patient with an ongoing assessment of their overall health status in order to achieve optimal recovery from joint replacement surgery. Nurses perform a variety of duties while caring for patients and educating them about what to expect during recovery. During the entire hospital stay, nurses work diligently at giving the patients and their families the confidence needed to continue their journey to an improved quality of life after their joint replacement surgery.
Nurse practitioners are advanced healthcare professionals who works in collaboration with the surgeon, medical doctors, nursing staff, physical and occupational therapists, care coordinators, and others involved in care before and after surgery. The nurse practitioner helps ensure a smooth journey, addressing issues that arise in the hospital and keeping open lines of communication after discharge. Our Joint University seminar is led by an orthopedic nurse practitioner.
Our anesthesiology department provides comprehensive care and works hand-in-hand with your medical and surgical team to ensure safety as well as a smooth and pleasant experience. This includes working closely with your primary care physician to thoroughly evaluate your health before your joint replacement surgery and make sure you are medically optimized for the surgery. This optimization includes identifying and treating anemia (low blood count) to reduce or avoid unnecessary blood transfusion. This has been shown to improve outcomes after surgery, and our anesthesiology team members are recognized as pioneers and leaders in the management of perioperative anemia as well as bloodless medicine and surgery. During surgery and while in recovery, you will be under the care of a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Our rehabilitation program helps patients maximize their mobility and physical abilities. Rehabilitation planning begins prior to surgery, and therapy starts immediately after surgery at the bedside. Our rehabilitation department works with patients to develop a rehabilitation plan after leaving the hospital. This may include outpatient therapy at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center or referrals to our trusted community-based rehabilitation facilities and home care agencies.
A coordinated team approach to joint replacement surgery leads to more rapid recovery as well as improved pain control and patient satisfaction. Our board-certified pain management physicians and nurse practitioners work hand-in-hand with your surgical, anesthesiology, nursing, and rehabilitation teams to ensure that pain is optimally controlled during recovery. Our multidisciplinary team is trained in the most advanced strategies in pain management, including ultrasound-guided nerve blocks and a balanced regimen of both opioid and non-opioid medications. We also embrace and offer integrative medicine services, through the Graf Center for Integrative Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, to help reduce pain and facilitate recovery, including guided imagery, breathing and relaxation techniques, medically supervised acupuncture, and massage therapy.
Your care coordination team consists of an RN case coordinator and a medical social worker. They will coordinate your discharge plan and arrange for any equipment you will need to function safely at home. They will work with your medical insurance company as needed to coordinate your care.