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With a national reputation for comprehensive patient-focused care, thanks to the outstanding physicians who serve here, patients come from throughout the southeastern United States to St. Francis for orthopaedic surgery and rehab. Here’s an overview of orthopaedic surgeries performed here:
Patient education is a key to successful surgical outcome. The St. Francis Joint Replacement Center educates patients who are undergoing total joint arthroplasty. We have developed joint education classes that patients attend before surgery. The classes inform the patient and his or her family about everything that will occur while in the hospital. During the classes, patients also complete a thorough preoperative workup and evaluation.
Over the past four decades, total joint replacement has evolved into a highly successful operative treatment for arthritis. Both primary and revision arthroplasty of the upper and lower extremities are available at St. Francis. Additionally, we offer less-common joint arthroplasty procedures, including unicompartmental knee replacement, patellofemoral arthroplasty, hip-joint resurfacing and computer-assisted surgery.
Keeping pace with developments in the technology of implant design, our surgeons can perform cemented or un-cemented total hip replacement with the conventional metal on highly cross-linked polyethylene implants, ceramic-on-ceramic implants, or large-head metal-on-metal implants. While we typically use conventional cruciate-retaining or cruciate-sacrificing implants in total knee replacement, but we also offer trabecular metal, gender-specific, and high knee-flexion femoral implant designs to meet the patient's needs.
We provide regional anesthetic at surgery as well as intraoperative medications. Use of these agents results in less postoperative nausea, vomiting and lethargy and in better postoperative pain management, which enables patients to mobilize early and recover better. We also use less-invasive, minimal dissection, limited-incision surgical techniques. Compared with conventional arthroplasty, these techniques cause less trauma to the surrounding soft tissues and muscles and enable patients to recover with better pain control and markedly improved function.
The Joint Replacement Center also focuses on helping the patient control pain during his or her hospitalization, get moving the day of surgery, participate in more aggressive physical therapy, and discharge to home or a rehabilitation facility two or three days after surgery. After surgery, patients are transferred to a dedicated orthopaedic floor that caters to their needs. Our nurses are well trained, highly motivated, and eager to provide top-of-the-line care. The surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, and case managers work as a team to improve the care and provide outstanding surgical outcomes to the patients of the St. Francis Joint Replacement Center.
Whether it’s running that half-marathon or skipping around the backyard with your grandchildren, we know it feels good to move. And it’s frustrating when pain stops you in your tracks. At St. Francis, we offer comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for a full range of orthopaedic problems, with unmatched expertise from the region’s most respected authorities in orthopaedic surgery and joint replacement and a dedication to quality, compassionate care. Take our knee pain assessment here to see if you might need to see a physician.