Joint Replacement Center

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If you suffer from debilitating pain in your hip, knee, shoulder or other joint, you know how much it can limit your motion and activities of daily living. You may have pain that interrupts your sleep.

After being diagnosed with arthritis by your physician-from a remote injury or some other cause-your doctor may prescribe various non-surgical treatments. When these treatments no longer offer pain relief, you may begin to consider having a joint replacement.

Each year, physicians at Baptist perform more than 1,700 joint replacement surgeries. Each day, we send people home with new joints who look forward to returning to functional independence and an improvement in their quality of life.

Some of our surgeons have begun using a computer navigation system to assist with knee and hip joint replacement surgeries. If a computer is used, it does not change the implants, the overall outcome of the procedure, nor the post-operative course. The computer is used in the operating room, much like a GPS system is used in a car, and helps the surgeon decide the angles and amount of bone cuts, as well as the proper alignment of the joint replacement components. It involves trackers being attached to the shin bone (tibia) and thigh bone (femur), which communicate with a camera, then project real-time images of the joint onto a monitor. Research has proven that with the assistance of computer navigation, the procedure is less invasive and the overall alignment of the joint is better than when traditional instruments are used alone.

With the Joint Replacement Program, patient education and support begins at the time the surgery is scheduled, and continues through the hospital stay and the recovery process at home. The patient's family members and primary care physician- or hospitalist on staff at Baptist - are involved in the patient's care from pre-admission through discharge. This constant communication contributes to quality care and good patient experiences, which are our priority at Baptist.

The Joint Replacement program at Baptist includes a Joint Care Coordinator, who is responsible for assisting with your care needs from the from the surgeon's office, to the hospital, and home. The Joint Care Coordinator:

  • Reviews what you'll need at home after your surgery, including support if required.
  • Assesses and plans for your specific care needs such as anesthesia and medical clearance for surgery.
  • Coordinates your discharge plan to home or a facility with additional support.
  • Acts as your advocate throughout the course of treatment from surgery to discharge.
  • Answers questions and coordinates your hospital care with Joint Replacement team members.

Whether you've been contemplating a joint replacement surgery for years or you've just begun to think about it, there are many things to think about. It is a procedure that requires consideration of the risks and benefits in consultation with your primary healthcare provider as well as orthopaedic surgeon. It also requires planning.

For more information about the Joint Replacement program at Baptist, use the links below or send e-mail to jointreplacementcenter@mbhs.org, or call the Baptist Health Line at 601-948-6262 or 1-800-948-6262.

Learn more about the Joint Replacement Center in the video below featuring Medical Director Brian Johnson, MD.

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