One of the hallmarks of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital's medical care programs is its Orthopedic and Joint Center services. St. Joseph Mercy hosts a dedicated 25-bed orthopedic unit. It offers devoted staff and orthopedic nurses. In addition, its location on the second floor of the hospital's tower is in close proximity to the St. Joseph Mercy Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. St. Joseph Mercy's inpatient rehab unit, the only one of its kind in the area, offers a continuum of services for those orthopedic and joint replacement patients who may experience complications or need additional therapeutic services to return to a healthy, active lifestyle.
No wonder more people in St. Joseph Mercy's area choose St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and its dedicated orthopedic surgeons for the care and treatment of their orthopedic and joint replacement needs.
St. Joseph Mercy's dedicated array of services includes:
- Total knee replacements
- Partial knee replacement
- Total hip replacements
- Total shoulder replacements
- Fracture care
- Neck and back surgery
Robotic Orthopedic Surgical Options Provided by MAKOplasty®
St. Joseph Mercy's advanced multi-disciplinary team of professionals includes:
- Local and dedicated orthopedic surgeons, committed to providing you the most advanced care and innovations in joint replacement equipment
- Primary care physicians - your orthopedic surgeon and the staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital will work in concert with your primary care doctor to ensure your overall care and health needs
- Physician assistants, who provide routine review of your progress and medical needs
- Dedicated orthopedic nurses
- Support staff
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Case manager
- Patient ambassadors
Joint Replacement Classes
As part of St. Joseph Mercy's dedication to providing the best joint replacement and orthopedic services in the area, highly-trained orthopedic staff offer classes in which patients learn about their treatment and care plans well in advance of their surgeries to prepare them for success.
Classes are offered twice each month for individuals planning for a total joint (knee, hip and shoulder) replacement surgery. During these informative sessions, a nurse, physical therapist and even a home care professional are available to meet you and to review what will occur during your surgery, hospital stay and return home as well as answer any additional questions you may have.
Steps to a Successful Joint Replacement
If you are thinking about a joint replacement or have one scheduled, this outline will provide valuable information as you prepare to "get into this joint"!
1. The Decision for Joint Replacement - Once you and your doctor decide on joint replacement, St. Joseph Mercy staff manages all the necessary steps for your care. They will schedule your education classes, surgery, and even home care follow-up visits. Yes, it's that simple.
2. Education Class - Before surgery, you and your family are invited to attend a class where all the details of your joint replacement will be explained by our multi-disciplinary team of care providers.
3. Day of Surgery - You will be admitted to the hospital the day of surgery. After your joint replacement surgery and some time in recovery, you will be brought to your room on our dedicated orthopedic unit. Approximately eight hours later, you will be assisted to the edge of your bed.
4. Day One after Surgery - Your therapy program will begin.
5. Get Moving - Most hip and knee replacement patients begin standing and walking with assistance of a walker and physical therapist the day after surgery. It is important to begin moving after surgery to re-establish blood flow. Most patients will be ready to go home in three days.
All total joint patients receive the benefit of individual case management by St. Joseph Mercy's Orthopedic Case Manager. The case manager will assist you in any equipment and home care needs you may have.
For more information about St. Joseph Mercy's comprehensive and patient-directed Orthopedic and Joint Center services, please call 810-985-1634.