The Joint Restoration Center at Deaconess Hospital
The area's most recent Knee and Hip Replacement Program to earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission*
The right orthopedic care can make a big difference for maintaining or returning to your active lifestyle. At Deaconess Hospital, we are proud to be a Gold Seal certified program for knee and hip replacement from The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ demonstrates our commitment to national standards for health care quality and safety in orthopedic care. (Read more about Joint Commission certification by clicking here)
*As of June 2013
An introduction to orthopedic care at Deaconess
The orthopedic physicians that practice at Deaconess Hospital bring some of the leading edge procedures to knee and hip replacement surgeries. While alternatives to surgery are first choice, The Joint Restoration Center at Deaconess performs arthroscopic and reconstructive techniques, including major joint replacement and much more. To find an orthopedic physician who practices at Deaconess, call 509-473-7050 or click here to search our Find a Physician database.
Broken bones, overused joints, slipped disks, torn ligaments or tendons can occur at any time in your life. From joint replacement, treatment of factures to some of the most advanced surgical options available today, count on the expertise and services of The Joint Restoration Center at Deaconess Hospital. When you get your orthopedic care at Deaconess, you'll see that we are committed to outstanding outcomes for each patient. Our goals include a quick recovery time, a faster return to normal activities, less pain and a high satisfaction with our care and services.
Whether you suffer from arthritis, joint pain or an injury, you'll find appropriate orthopedic services at Deaconess. Our capabilities and services are broad and comprehensive and they include the finest care for hands, shoulders, elbows, knees, hips, feet, ankles, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, and much more. We hope you will find our commitment to excellent care and our focus on customer service enable you to easily navigate the surgical experience and take the first step toward reclaiming your active lifestyle. From your physician to the peri-operative staff to your post-operative physical therapist and nursing staff, our comprehensive and collaborative program is focused on one thing—you!
Learning More About Orthopedic Options
If you or someone you love is experiencing knee or hip pain, here is some helpful information to give you an in-depth look at the symptoms, diagnoses and the latest treatments available, including joint replacement surgery.
Is Joint Replacement Right for You?
Most often, arthritis is the primary cause for problems with hips and knees.
» Osteoarthritis: OA is the most common form of arthritis. Symptoms usually occur after age 50 as a result of daily wear and tear to the joints over the years. People with obesity are at higher risk, as are those with a family history, previous surgery to the joint or previous injuries in the joint area.
» Rheumatoid Arthritis: RA is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting joints that have synovium (a tissue lining the joints). Those joints are the hip and knee, as well as the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hands and feet. This disorder is likely caused by cells produced by the body that irritate the synovium, leading to cartilage destruction around the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis may develop at any age, and can leave the joint stiff, swollen or painful, and can decrease the range of motion in the joint.
Each patient at Deaconess Hospital benefits from a team of dedicated professionals that oversees a seamless flow of care from your first visit in the surgeon's office to your last visit of outpatient physical therapy. All of your questions are answered by experienced professionals in our pre-procedural education classes and our Total Joint Handbook (yours to keep).
With modern-day equipment and physicians specializing in advanced orthopedic procedures, Deaconess Hospital offers a wide range of advanced orthopedic surgeries. To learn more about "Hip & Knee Pain Causes & Treatments," click here to attend a free seminar!
These musculoskeletal procedures include:
- Arthroscopy for diagnosis and treatment of varied conditions, such as torn rotator cuffs and torn cartilage;
- Total joint replacement (arthroplasty) of shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles, including:
- Anterior Approach Hip Replacement which offers less post-surgical pain, faster recovery and a lower risk of hip dislocation;
- Hip Resurfacing, a form of arthroplasty, for younger patients suffering from hip pain.
- Total joint revision of hips, knees, and ankles in patients whose replacements have deteriorated or suffered fractures
Deaconess Hospital offers high quality therapy services provided by an experienced staff in both occupational and physical therapy.
Physical therapists are an important part in the rehabilitation of orthopedic patients recovering from elective surgeries such as total hip or knee replacements, or from unforeseen accidents or injuries. Physical therapists assess muscle strength, flexibility, coordination, posture, mobility skills and a patient’s ability to function in a home setting. An individualized therapy program is then developed for the patient including strength and flexibility exercises, endurance activities, mobility training, pain management strategies and patient education.
Occupational therapists work with orthopedic patients who may have difficulties in daily life skills such as dressing, grooming, feeding and working. Occupational therapists assess equipment needs and provide suggestions to encourage independence and safety.
Our inpatient rehabilitation staff prides itself on being professional, caring and dedicated to helping each patient achieve optimal recovery, function and comfort. The ultimate goal of our physical and occupational therapists is for the patient to return home and be able to participate in normal activities.
Following a physician referral, therapy staff provides daily services to orthopedic patients who are typically seen two times per day by physical therapists for the length of their stay. Occupational therapists see orthopedic patients two to three times or as necessary based on their assessment.
Treatment options/focuses available in the hospital:
- Evaluation of patient’s ability to move and function
- Range of motion activities (flexibility)
- Muscle strengthening activities (exercise, endurance training)
Mobility training (how to move following recent injury or surgery, crutch or walker use)
- Pain management through hot/cold therapies, positioning, activity, relaxation techniques
- Assistance with swelling through cold therapies, massage and other techniques
- Recommendations and/or assistance with splinting of arms/legs
- Education regarding body mechanics, posture, how to protect yourself after surgery
- Equipment recommendations and training for activities of daily living.
Physical and occupational therapists are wonderful at helping plan for leaving the hospital. They can arrange equipment if necessary or make recommendations for living at home safely. Family can be instructed in how to help the patient at home.
Free educational classes are available for individuals who are scheduled for an elective surgery for total hip replacement or total knee replacement surgery. In a group setting, therapists will cover what to expect during the hospital stay through recovery. Our physical therapy staff will also recommend pre-operative strengthening exercises and provide a written home exercise program. Talk to your physician about attending a pre-op class. Visit our Events Calendar to find the next scheduled pre-op class!
To learn more about our Therapy Services, click here.