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Putting Your Health First

The Program Introduction

When you choose to have joint replacement surgery at The Orthopedic Institute at Monongahela Valley Hospital, you are taking the first step toward a healthier, pain-free lifestyle.

Each year, 700,000 people make the decision to undergo joint replacement surgery.


The surgery is intended to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Restore independence
  • Help people return to work and other daily activities

The Orthopedic Institute follows a program that:

Is designed to return people to active lifestyles as quickly as possible - most people are able to walk the first day after surgery and to move toward normal activity in 6 to 12 weeks. Has planned a comprehensive course of treatment that allows each person to play a key role in his or her successful recovery.

Preparation, education, continuity of care and a pre-planned discharge are essential for optimum results in joint surgery. At your first 'class' you will receive a guidebook that is a communication tool that will inform you about

  • What to expect every step of the way
  • What you need to do
  • How to care for your new joint

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