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Joint Replacement Center
Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement®
To earn the Blue Distinction, Mercy Hospital had to meet additional criteria around clinical outcomes, participation in the nationally recognized Surgical Care Improvement Project, providing peri-operative patient education, as well as establishing experienced surgical teams and quality programs.
Note:Blue Distinction Center® designation means this facility's overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary.
To learn more about Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement®, please visit bcbs.com.
Joint Replacement Center care team
The Joint Replacement Center at Mercy Hospital is supported by a team of dedicated, experienced professionals who have many years of experience caring for patients recovering from knee or hip replacement surgery. Your care is coordinated by a team of skilled professionals including your surgeon, an orthopedic surgery team of nurses and technicians, hospital physicians who monitor your progress, registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists and social workers.
Our entire team works together with you to ensure that you experience a successful journey back to a more active life – pre-surgery, during your stay at Mercy, and ongoing rehabilitation when you go home. Our commitment is to provide you with an exceptional experience through the highest quality education, guidance, coaching and care.
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Your OR team
Mercy's surgical team is comprised of professionals who specialize in orthopedics and follow the latest evidence-based care guidelines in joint surgery. This team participates in more than 700 joint replacement surgeries at Mercy each year. Many nurses in the operating room have completed training to become Certified Nurses of the Operating Room (CNOR).
The nursing staff at the Joint Replacement Center has chosen to make orthopedic care their focus and have ongoing education and specialized training.
Your rehabilitation staff
Physical and occupational therapy is provided in partnership with the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, a leader in rehabilitative services in Minnesota. Using an integrated approach to your physical and occupational therapy, these professionals will help you regain the strength and mobility to make every day tasks more comfortable. Sister Kenny also provides outpatient therapy for you to continue recovery after you leave the hospital.
Patients are encouraged to select a friend or family member to assist them with their recovery post-surgery. The coach will attend therapy sessions with you at 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 or 2:30 p.m. while you are at Mercy. They will help you with short walks, complete exercises for your hip or knee and provide encouragement and support. You will receive more information about your coach's role at your pre-surgery education class. For patients who do not have a coach available, a limited number of hospital volunteers have been trained as patient coaches.
Joint cartilage is a tough, smooth tissue that covers the ends of bones where joints are located. It helps cushion the bones during movement and because it is smooth and slippery, it allows for motion with minimal friction. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a wear and tear condition that destroys joint cartilage. Sometimes as the result of trauma, repetitive movement, or for no apparent reason, the cartilage wears down, exposing bone ends. This can occur quickly over months or develop over a number of years. Cartilage destruction can results in painful bone-on-bone contact, along with swelling and loss of motion.
A knee replacement is really a bone and cartilage replacement with an artificial surface. The knee itself is not replaced, but rather an implant is inserted on the bone ends. This is done using a metal alloy on the femur and a plastic spacer on the tibia and patella (kneecap). This creates a new, smooth cushion and a functioning joint that can reduce or eliminate pain.
A hip replacement is an operation that removes the arthritic ball of the upper femur (thighbone) and damaged bone and cartilage from the hip socket. The ball is replaced with a metal ball that is fixed solidly inside the femur. The socket is replaced with a plastic or metal liner that is usually fixed inside a metal shell to create a smoothly functioning joint.
Your orthopaedic surgeon can determine if you are a candidate for the surgery based on your history, exam, X-rays and response to conservative treatment.
Results will vary depending on the quality of the surrounding tissues, the severity of the arthritis at the time of surgery, your activity level and your adherence to your health care team's orders.
While uncommon, complications can occur during and after surgery. Some complications include infection, blood clots, implant breakage, malalignment, dislocation and premature wear, any of which may necessitate implant removal/replacement surgery. While these devices are generally successful in attaining reduced pain and restored function, they cannot be expected to withstand the activity levels and loads of normal healthy bone and joint tissue. In most cases, implant surgery is extremely successful. Some patients will still experience pain and stiffness. No implant will last forever, and factors such as a patient's post-surgical activities and weight can affect longevity. Your surgeon will discuss all of the risks with you.
In many cases, patients with joint replacement think the new joint feels completely natural. However, it is a good idea to avoid extreme position or high-impact physical activity.
You are encouraged to participate in low-impact activities such as walking, dancing, golf, hiking, swimming, bowling and gardening. High-impact activities like running and basketball or activities that increase your likelihood of injury, such as downhill skiing are not recommended. You should discuss any specific restrictions with your physician.