When your hip hurts to walk or you’re fed up with a bum knee, you may turn to an orthopaedic surgeon to discuss joint replacement as an option to relieve your pain. The number of joint replacement surgeries is expected to rise significantly as the Baby Boomer generation ages. It is estimated more than 1 million hip and knee replacements per year in the United States. Also, with the advancement in technology and techniques, younger patients - often those in their 40s and 50s - also seek out artificial knees or hips, rather than enduring years of discomfort.
If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you may benefit from joint replacement:
- Frequent or intense joint pain
- Trouble walking, sitting down, or standing up
- Joint stiffness or swelling
Joint replacement surgery can relieve pain, provide better mobility and improved quality of life. Joint discomfort can put a damper on your day-to-day activities, if your pain isn’t responding to traditional treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medication, and it is affecting your life style, it may be time to consider joint replacement surgery.
We have dedicated an orthopaedic wing Medical/Surgical Third Floor
An orthopaedic surgeon will study your health history and perform a thorough exam on the effected hip or knee when evaluating your need for surgery. Joint replacement surgery involves removing an arthritic or injured joint and replacing it with a new one. The implant, also called a prosthesis, is typically made of metal of plastic and is molded to form a new hip or knee joint. In some cases, the joint is cemented to the bone to keep it attached. This procedure is often used for older individual whose bones are frail.
ARMC offers an Enhanced Joint Replacement Program to the residents of Northern Michigan. This program features a team of highly qualified joint replacement specialists, private patient rooms, on-floor centralized therapy room, room service meals, and available accommodations for a loved one to stay with patient.
- Private rooms for each joint replacement patient
- Each patient room can accommodate a sleeper chair, available upon request for family who choose to spend the night with their loved one
- Central therapy room located on the same wing as the orthopedic-dedicated rooms is where patients participate in group therapy sessions each day
- Individual therapy sessions are completed in the patient’s room
- Prospective joint replacement patients also attend an informational pre-surgical class prior to surgery.
Our ARMC joint replacement team includes:
- Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Physician’s Assistants
- Registered Nurses
- Licensed Practical Nurses
- Care Assistants
- Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists
- Social Worker/Discharge planners
Additionally, ARMC provides a continuum of care at our state-of-the-art Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, should patients need this. When transitioning from the hospital to home, we offer patients Outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy, Home Care & Private Duty Services and a convenient medical equipment service.
Once recovered, most patients notice an improvement in mobility and experience less joint pain.