Whether you are receiving a knee or hip replacement, the Total Joint Team at St. Patrick Hospital is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care possible. We want you to be an active participant in our team.
Your Total Joint Team includes:
- Orthopedic surgeon
- Nursing staff
- Physical therapists
- Social workers
Arthritis of the knee is a common condition causing pain and impaired lifestyle for thousands of people. Fortunately, modern surgical procedures can alleviate this condition. During your total knee surgery, the orthopedic surgeon will replace the damaged knee with metal and plastic components. Knee replacement surgery can help you feel better and move better after your surgery.
Your joints undergo many stresses and strains as you go about your daily activities. When your hip is injured, or a disease such as arthritis develops, the surface cartilage of your hip joint deteriorates. Without this cartilage, the bony surfaces of your joint come into contact, causing pain and difficulty walking. During your total hip replacement surgery, the orthopedic surgeon replaces the ball and socket of your hip with metal and plastic components. As you recover from the surgery, the surgery pain will subside, and your hip will gain strength.
You and your family members are encouraged to attend the total joint classes provided for you before surgery. You will be contacted by phone to register for the class.