Program Overview

Joint Replacement Program at Deaconess

Features of the Joint Replacement Program include:

  • Aggressive therapy programming
  • Structured care from pre-operative phase through post-discharge
  • Physicians, nurses, therapists, and program coordinator use a focused, team approach
  • Dedicated unit, designed to meet the specialized needs of joint replacement patients
  • Group therapy, education, and activities
  • Care delivered in a motivational atmosphere
  • Strong emphasis on education
  • Individualized attention with a special touch
  • Serves diverse age groups
  • Exceptional patient satisfaction

The Deaconess Difference

We believe there are two keys to our success. First, we provide extensive team support to help you through the process. Physicians, nurses, therapists and your program coordinator use a focused team approach. Secondly, and as important, we offer individualized attention throughout. You will never feel like a number in the crowd.

Team Support

As a joint replacement patient, you will have team support from the beginning. Who will be on your team? Our health care team, your personal coach, plus many other joint replacement patients going through the same experience.

The Care Team

Your care team will include physicians, physician assistants, patient care technicians, nurses, orthopedic technicians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists - all specializing in total joint care. The Joint Program Coordinator will play a special role. She will coordinate all of your preoperative care, help you plan for your post-surgery needs, and answer all of your questions. She'll even arrange for a personal escort to greet you at the front door the day of your surgery. This greeter will take you directly to the pre-op admission area and activate your hospital account so you can bypass registration.

Your Personal Coach

You will choose a friend or family member to be your personal coach throughout the process. This person will attend your pre-admission testing appointment and other meetings and will be instrumental in providing support during your recovery in the hospital and at home.

Patient-to-Patient Support

Our unique program helps patients help each other. During pre-surgery education, you will meet other patients who will have their surgery the same day as you. These patients will be part of your support system. Your new friends will understand better than anyone else what you're going through. As you go through the recovery process, you are there to help support one another.  If you're having a hard day, they'll help motivate you. If they're struggling, they know you'll do the same for them.

Individualized Attention

While you will enjoy group support, you will never feel lost in the crowd. We offer individualized attention during every phase of the program. And because we understand that time alone can be very healing, we will prepare a private room just for you.  Each room is also equipped with a couch that folds out into a bed, so your coach is encouraged to stay with you during your hospital stay. 

Nationally Recognized

Aetna as well as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana have also designated Deaconess Hospital and Deaconess Gateway Hospital centers of excellence in joint replacement care. Patients can depend on Deaconess for conscientious, reliable care for joint replacements.

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