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:
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
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:
Dedicated Nurses and therapists trained to work with joint patients
Casual clothes (no drafty gowns)
Emphasis on group activities
Family and friends participate as 'coaches' in the recovery process
Group lunches with your coach and staff
An Orthopedic Institute Coordinator who coordinates all pre-operative care and
A comprehensive patient guide for you to follow from 6 weeks
before surgery until 3 months after surgery and beyond
Quarterly luncheons for former patients and coaches
Newsletters to update you with new information about arthritis and joint care
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
Obtain health database
Review what you'll need at home after your surgery, including support if required
Assess and plan for your specific care needs such as anesthesia and medical clearance for surgery
Coordinate your discharge plan to home or a facility with additional support
Act as your advocate throughout the course of treatment from surgery to discharge
Answer questions and coordinates your hospital care with all of the members of The Orthopedic Institute team who will provide care to you
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