Orthopedic Center of Excellence for Total Joint Replacement

The Total Joint Replacement Program at Havasu Regional Medical Center has earned three Gold Seals of Approval for Joint Replacement (Hip, Shoulder and Knee) from the Joint Commission. Our program helps patients to regain mobility and to return to their activities of daily living. HRMC’s Total Joint Replacement Program takes an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. A team of skilled professionals- including orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, specially trained nurses and patient care technicians, physical therapists and case managers- work together to develop and implement treatment plans for each patient.

Patients who come to HRMC’s Total Joint Replacement Program are surrounded by an atmosphere of caring, comfort, and complete understanding. The Total Joint Program provides comprehensive preoperative and postoperative rehabilitation services for patients undergoing Hip, Knee, or Shoulder replacement surgeries. The unit is staffed by a multidisciplinary team working together to provide encouragement, support, and a full complement of patient services:

      Preoperative Education Class for the patient and their Coaches/Family Members

      Special instruction for Coaches/Family members

      Planning for Hospital Stay and Post- Hospital care

      Dedicated Orthopedic Unit

      Individual Physical Therapy sessions twice daily               

Total Hip, Shoulder and Knee replacement surgeries generally take from two to three hours and involve affixing an artificial joint made of metal and plastic to the bone. After surgery, patients stay on the dedicated Orthopedic Unit, where recovery and rehabilitation begins.

Preoperative Education Services

HRMC’s staff along with your Orthopedic surgeon’s office begin working with patients before their scheduled surgery. Patients are given an education book to take home from the office to help start preparing them for surgery.

The Total Joint Coordinator provides a special preoperative class for patients, their coach and/or family. That way, everyone knows what to expect before, during and after the procedure.

      Safety Precautions

      Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot) prophylaxis

      Exercise

      Ensuring a safe home environment

      Potential postoperative complications

      Pain Management

      Tour of the Orthopedic Unit

      The ability to be able to answer any questions that you may have

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Postoperative Rehabilitation

Patients will receive morning and afternoon physical therapy daily. The first day of surgery, patients will be evaluated and participate in an individual session. From that point forward, sessions are conducted twice daily where patients perform different exercises, practice correct transfer techniques, and learn to walk or move about with assistive devices.

Surgeons recommend that patients continue physical therapy once they go home. For those who require further assistance, arrangements can be made for Home Health Care or a transition to a Skilled Nursing Facility for a short stay.

Most patients are discharged one to four days following surgery. However, patients may stay longer if there is a medical need to do so.

Family and Coach Involvement

We realize that family members and coaches play a crucial role in the recovery process. Family members and coaches are encouraged to participate in our preoperative education class as well as in physical therapy sessions. These provide important instruction on how to help care for patients recovering from Total Hip, Knee or Shoulder surgery.

For more information about Havasu Regional’s Joint Replacement Program, please call 928-854-5181.