Joint Replacement Center at Rush Foundation Hospital
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The Joint Replacement Center at Rush Foundation Hospital is an integrated program dedicated to providing you with comprehensive preoperative education and preparation, and post-operative care before and after total joint replacement. The Center provides care if you need joint replacement surgery in an environment that promotes wellness, patient and family education, and encourages early rehabilitation.
The program incorporates a team approach to treatment involving a dedicated staff or orthopaedic surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, orthopaedic nurses, pharmacists, case managers, and orthopaedic specialists.
The philosophy behind the Joint Replacement Center at Rush is based upon the perception that you are a generally healthy person who comes to us to restore your mobility. With this in mind, we have developed a program that is design to get you back on your feet, back at home and back doing the activities that you enjoy as quickly as possible.
Types of Joint Replacement Surgeries
Total Hip Replacement Surgery—The hip is one of the body's largest weight-bearing joints. It consists of two main parts: a ball (femoral head) at the top of the thighbone (femur) that fits into a rounded socket (acetabulum) in your pelvis. A hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which a hip joint that is worn out or injured and painful is replaced with an artificial joint. The goal of surgery is to reduce pain, increase leg strength and provide easier movement.
Total Knee Replacement Surgery
The knee is the largest joint in the body. A knee replacement is a surgical procedure in which a knee joint is worn out or injured and painful is replaced with an artificial joint. The goal of surgery is to reduce pain, increase leg strength and provide easier movement.
ABOUT YOUR SURGERY
Personal Coach— Prior to surgery, you choose a personal "coach" who will assist you during the treatment and throughout your recovery period. A coach can be a spouse, family member, or friend. Coaches assist you with exercises before surgery and attend physician and rehabilitation appointments with you before and after surgery. They are taught how to help you with therapy while you are in the hospital and learn to assist you at home throughout rehabilitation. The coach is an integral part of the joint replacement team.
Pre-operative Education—Two weeks before surgery, you and your coach meet with the case manager, orthopaedic surgical coordinator to begin your education and preparation for total joint replacement. We believe that when you are informed about your surgical procedure and encouraged to take an active role in your recovery you generally return to a more active lifestyle much sooner after having surgery.
In-hospital Stay —You, with the aid of a therapist, get out ofÂ bed the next day after surgery and are encouraged to walk in your room. Since the program focuses on wellness, you will dress in comfortable street clothes, rather than hospital gowns and attend individual therapy sessions with your coach. You should return home within three to five days after your surgery.
Post-hospital Discharge—Following discharge from the hospital, if you had knee replacement, you will continue physical therapy. Hip replacement patients usually receive a week of in-home health care and up to three out-patient physical therapy sessions. You should resume your normal daily routine within six weeks after surgery.