A different approach to joint replacement
The Center for Joint Health works proactively with caregivers and patients prior to their hip and knee replacement surgeries, providing them with classes and a comprehensive guidebook about the process. It is a team approach in which a joint care coordinator helps patients through the entire process.
After surgery, patients are brought directly to the Center for Joint Health, and rehabilitation begins that evening. The next day they dress in their street clothes and begin participating in physical therapy sessions twice daily with fellow patients. Family and friends are encouraged to act as coaches to help motivate the patients. The unit features an Olympic theme, and patients who attain the goal of walking 2,000 feet receive a gold medal to take home with them.
The results are impressive: 94 percent of patients walk at least 500 feet at the time of discharge; 90 percent had 90 degrees or better knee flexion at the time of discharge; and 73 percent go home with home care or outpatient therapy. Overall patient satisfaction is 98 percent. Learn more at eCommunity.com/jointcenter.
Neurological and spine care
A core group of Community South spine surgeons have developed a program for spine patients that is similar to the Center for Joint Health. It includes a guidebook that will take patients from pre-op to post-op. The focus for these patients is on pain management. Activities are performed at the bedside and emphasize safety precautions such as how to lift items without further injuring their spines.
Within the Ortho/Neuro/Spine unit, neurosurgeons also collaborate with orthopedic spine surgeons on complicated spine cases. They have access to the latest technology such as powerful microscopes, an O-Arm imaging system that shows the spine in 3-D, and computerized navigation that assists surgeons with minimally-invasive spinal surgeries. Meet the physicians >>
With these specialized services available at Community South, patients receive excellent care and can stay closer to their family and friends.