Total Joint Replacement Overview
Still Living With Pain?
Learn about our approach to hip replacement. Less pain and shorter rehabilitation times!
The Joint Replacement Program at Evangelical Community Hospital has developed a comprehensive program where the patient plays a key role in the joint replacement recovery. Patients are actively involved in their treatment through each step of the program.
The joint team includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and social workers specializing in hip and knee replacements. Every detail, from preoperative teaching to postoperative exercising, is considered and reviewed with our patients. Unlike many other joint replacement programs, our team also includes:
- Nurses and therapists who specialize in the care of total joint patients
- A Joint Replacement Center team leader for contact before and after surgery
- A dedicated social worker to assist with discharge planning
The Joint Replacement Program at Evangelical Community Hospital is unique. We are dedicated to the needs of total joint replacement patients in a “well” environment. All joint patients recover together at the Center in their own clothes (no hospital gowns!). Patients, staff and coaches work together to maximize the patient experience and speedy recovery.
Our joint replacement program also includes:
- An emphasis on group activities and individual care
- Family and friends education to participate as "coaches" throughout the recovery process
- A comprehensive patient guide from surgery until three months after surgery and beyond
- A coordinated after care program
Annually, more than 500,000 people undergo a hip or knee replacement. Primary candidates are individuals with chronic joint pain from arthritis that interferes with daily activities, walking, exercise, leisure, recreation and work. The surgery aims to relieve pain, restore independence and get the patient back to work or other daily activities.
Total hip and knee replacement patients typically recover quickly. Patients will be able to walk with an assistive device the first day after surgery. Generally patients are able to return to driving in 2-6 weeks, dancing in 4-6 weeks, and golf in 6-12 weeks.