A Joint Approach to Knee, Hip and Shoulder Replacement Surgery by Tiana Velez
An informed buyer is a happy buyer. The same can be said for a patient and their health care. Informed is exactly how the team of the Carondelet Joint Replacement Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital hopes their patients feel throughout their surgery and recovery. The goal is simple: The more patients know about their joint replacement surgery, the more comfortable and ultimately safer they’ll be. Located on the fifth floor of St. Joseph’s, the Carondelet Joint Replacement Center opens this April and features a 30-bed dedicated patient care unit with private rooms and an on-site physical therapy gym with a pool. The emphasis is on a standardized, multi-disciplinary approach to total joint replacement that combines preoperative screening clinics, an educational symposium, and a highly collaborative team of physicians, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, case managers and, especially, the patient. “What we really try to stress is that the person having the surgery is a member of the team,” said Program Coordinator Jamie Wagoner, a licensed physical therapist. “You have a role in your recovery and here’s how you can help yourself.” (Pictured Above) Program Coordinator Jamie Wagoner reviews inpatient and outpatient physical therapy with joint replacement candidates and their caregivers (Pictured Left) Kathleen Flagg extends her new knee, following joint replacement surgery. She is guided by Carondelet Physical Therapy Assistant, Bruce McLaughlin.
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