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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:

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

The Program Overview

We offer a unique program. Each step is designed to encourage the best results leading to a discharge from the hospital 2 to 3 days after surgery.

Features of the program include:

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The Program Team

The Care Coordinator is one of the first people that you will meet from The Orthopedic Institute at Monongahela Valley Hospital. She will be responsible for your care needs from the surgeon's office, to the hospital, and home.

The Care Coordinator will

The Orthopedic Surgeon

is the skilled physician who will perform the procedure to repair your damaged joint.

Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP)

assists the surgeon in the Operating Room, makes rounds, and coordinates care at the doctor's office.

Registered Nurse (RN)

provides much of your daily care and will assure that orders given by your physician are completed including medications and monitoring your vital signs

Physical Therapist (PT)

will guide you in the important work of returning you to daily activities. They will help you use your walker and recliner chair to support proper exercise

Occupational Therapist (OT)

will guide you on performing daily tasks such as bathing and dressing with your new joint. He or she may demonstrate special equipment used in your home after you receive your joint replacement including shower benches, rails and raised toilets