About Joint Replacement Surgery
Joint Replacement is a surgical procedure to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial one (called a prosthesis), and is considered only after other treatment options have failed to provide adequate relief from pain and/or disability. Your orthopedic surgeon will ultimately recommend a joint replacement if it is best suited for your condition.
As much as you need to be an active participant in your own recovery, you are not alone. Over half a million people annually in the United States undergo joint replacement procedures, mostly involving the hip and knee. At Hillcrest, we perform hundreds of knee and hip surgeries a year. We focus on improving the quality of patients’ lives by enabling pain-free movement and, hopefully, a successful return to the activities you once enjoyed. Hillcrest has developed a comprehensive Joint Replacement Program with the patient’s well being in mind where you'll benefit from group rehabilitation exercises and the opportunity to involve a family member or friend as your trainer. You can even wear your own exercise clothes instead of a hospital gown. We are not just in the business of taking care of people; we’re in the business of making a difference in people’s lives.
At Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, fixing your hip, knee or shoulder is so much more than a surgery. Our total team approach starts before your actual joint replacement and continues beyond your recovery. Patients who are well prepared for surgery generally get back on their feet sooner. That's why our program begins with a thorough pre-operative information session. We'll take you step-by-step through what to expect from the surgery and recovery process. After surgery, you'll continue to receive support and education, including tips and inspiration by our joint replacement team.