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Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Care
Joint Replacement Surgery
The goal of the orthopedic team is to keep you moving — getting you back to your daily routines and activities. Over many years of providing joint replacement surgeries across the Puget Sound area, we’ve honed our approach to achieving the best results possible for you and pride ourselves on providing excellent clinical care.
That’s why our program focuses on providing education and helping you understand what to expect. At all of our facilities, our program begins at the time of your initial surgical consultation and continues through surgery, rehabilitation, return home and follow-up (30 days after surgery). This comprehensive approach helps you:
- Spend less time in the hospital and return home faster
- Focus on rehabilitation: Getting up and on the move sooner
- Achieve the best outcomes possible
The goal of our program is to empower you to be an active participant in your care, so that every step of the joint replacement journey is successful. Talk with your provider or surgeon to learn more about the process.
Nurse Navigator Program at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Anthony, St. Clare and St. Francis Hospitals
If you’re considering joint replacement at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Anne Hospital, St. Anthony, St. Clare or St. Francis Hospitals, our total joint replacement program features a dedicated nurse navigator and care coordinator. These team members are your go-to resource for any questions you might have and will help facilitate your care from start to finish (90 days post-surgery), so you always know what’s next and can quickly get the answers to your questions.
This program also allows us to coordinate care with your primary care provider, orthopedic specialist and any other specialists through the use of electronic medical records, so we are looking at your total health care profile and treating you as a single, coordinated team. In addition, we bundle these appointments together into one claim.
The user-friendly Wellbe CarePath portal will provide 24 hours a day, seven days a week access and communication among you and your entire care team. This web-based application guides you through pre-surgical education, provides appointment notification, allows your support team to be closely involved and provides a forum to ask questions and get a quick response.
Frequently asked questions about joint replacement surgery
When nonsurgical treatment fails to relieve your joint pain or restore your ability to move normally, joint replacement surgery may be able to help. Joint replacement surgery removes the damaged or diseased parts of a joint and replaces them with artificial parts.
There are two main types of joint replacement surgery: total joint replacement and partial joint replacement. The type of surgery chosen usually depends on how much damage the joint has sustained. Generally, a partial replacement is better when there’s an isolated fracture or diseased bone that doesn’t affect the socket. If a larger area of a joint needs to be replaced, a total joint replacement may be necessary.
Most surgeries go well and without complication. However, infections and blood clots are two serious risks that cause the most concern. To avoid these, we use antibiotics and blood thinners. We also take special precautions in the operating room to reduce the risk of infection.
Other rare complications can include nerve injury or malfunction of the artificial joint, such as dislocation or loosening.
We anticipate approximately 45 minutes to two hours for surgery. Some of this time is taken by the operating room staff to prepare for the surgery. After surgery, you will spend additional time in the recovery room.
Depending on the type of joint replacement surgery you undergo, you may need to stay in the hospital for a few days. Physical therapy generally begins the day after surgery and will help strengthen your joint muscles. You may experience some pain after surgery, but with medication and time to heal, you can expect the pain to dissipate after a few weeks or months.
The length of time it takes to return to regular activities varies greatly, depending on the location of the surgical site, surgical technique used, how old the patient is and the dedication to physical rehabilitation. If your surgery was on your right knee or hip, your driving could be restricted for up to six weeks. We recommend most people take at least one month off from work unless their job involves little physical movement. Most joint replacement patients at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health find they are well enough to return to most activities after two to three months for hip replacement and three to six months for knee replacement.
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