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Center for Joint Replacement

Choosing to have joint replacement surgery is a big decision that you must make with the advice and guidance of your doctor. Where you choose to have the surgery is also important, because the success of your surgery and your recovery depend on the quality of your care. At the HackensackUMC Orthopaedic Institute, we offer a joint replacement program that is tailored to meet your individual needs. But technical skills and a superb facility aren’t always enough. You also need a human touch, and that is another way we excel.
Your joint replacement journey is guided by an Orthopaedic Nurse Navigator who is there to answer your questions, offer you help before, during, and after treatment, and make sure you understand what is happening. While you are in the hospital, your care will be coordinated by our Orthopaedic Care Coordinator. This person is also an Advanced Practice Nurse who is dedicated to ensuring that you have the information, care, and services that you require.
At the HackensackUMC Orthopaedic Institute, you will find expert surgeons, leading-edge technology, the most advanced rehabilitation services, and specially trained nurses who are dedicated to helping you get back to your life. 

Why Do You Have Joint Pain?

A joint is where two bones come together, like your knee, hip, or shoulder. They are made up of many different parts. Joints are what allow you to bend, twist, stretch, and turn. Most joints are designed to only bones to move only in certain directions. Because bones are alive, they need blood to be healthy and to repair themselves. Diseases and damage inside a joint can limit blood flow and cause problems. 
There are many reasons for joint pain. Joints can be damaged by arthritis, injuries, or other causes. Sometimes joints get worn away by arthritis or from years of use.  Inflammation in the structures around your joints, extra pressure on your joints from being overweight, or referred pain, where you feel pain in one place even though the problem is somewhere else in your body are other causes of joint pain.
When a joint is damaged, your doctor may recommend surgery. Sometimes the surgeon will remove the whole joint and repair or replace the damaged parts. Joint replacement surgery is performed to improve your pain and help you move more easily. Hips and knees are replaced most often. Shoulders can also be replaced. Only a specialist with advanced training can tell you if your joint needs to be replaced.


Joint Replacement at the HackensackUMC Orthopaedic Institute

Surgeons at the HackensackUMC Orthopaedic Institute have been involved in developing new technologies and implant design in both total hip and knee replacement. They have also helped develop new techniques for minimally invasive surgery for total hip or knee replacement. With minimally invasive surgery, you are likely to have smaller incisions, less trauma to the tissue, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery and rehabilitation than you would after open surgery. The usual length of time for hospitalization after a total joint replacement is 1 to 3 days. The majority of patients are able to return directly home following surgery.

Advanced Techniques for Complex Revisions

For some patients, a complex revision of a prior joint replacement is recommended. Many of our experienced joint replacement surgeons are especially skilled in these complicated surgeries. These procedures include repeat revision surgery, management of peri-prosthetic fractures and two-stage revision procedures for infection. Your surgeon will discuss the options with you.

Some of the Procedures We Perform Include:

  • Total knee replacement
  • Partial, unicompartmental and patellofemoral knee replacement
  • Total hip replacement
  • Anterior hip replacement
  • Bilateral knee replacement
  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Reverse total shoulder replacement

What To Expect After Surgery

After your surgery, you will receive advanced care from a dedicated team of healthcare professionals, and coordinated by our Orthopaedic Care Coordinator. Our Pain Management specialists implement best practice medicine to help alleviate any pain or discomfort. Dedicated Magnet® nurses provide ongoing bedside care throughout your hospitalization.
You will receive twice-daily physical therapy almost immediately, provided by our advanced certified therapists. They will help you set goals to return to functioning and movement, and show you how to achieve—and exceed—those goals. 

How Is Pain Managed?

We believe that pain management is an important part of your treatment. The Orthopaedic Institute team includes doctors and nurses who are dedicated to the management of your pain. We utilize the multimodal approach to manage pain. This inucludes pain medications, ice, anti-inflammatories(if tolerated) and early mobilization.
If you have a history of difficulty managing your pain or taking pain medication, prior to your operation you can schedule a pain evaluation. A doctor who is board-certified in both anesthesiology and pain management will review your medical history, current medications, allergies, history, and past surgeries and anesthesia. We discuss options for anesthesia during surgery, and pain management immediately following the procedure and as you transition to home. 

What If I Don’t Need a Joint Replacement?

We diagnose and treat all types of conditions, from acute injures to chronic, long-term degenerative diseases. We offer a variety of innovative surgical and non-surgical treatments, with treatment plans based on your individual needs. Our integrated, multidisciplinary approach means that you will get the most effective care for your condition. 

When Should You See a Specialist?

If you are suffering from joint pain that has lasted over a period of time and it is limiting your ability to move or affecting your life, you may want to consult with a specialist at the Orthopaedic Institute. 
Find an Orthopaedic Institute Joint Specialist

Call today (844) 406-7846

Reference: NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Joint Replacement. Updated October 2012. http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_info/Joint_Replacement/default.asp

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