A coordinated team guides you from surgery through full recovery
Need a joint replaced? Look no further than Adventist HealthCare, which offers a comprehensive system of coordinated care that supports patients as they move through the various stages of joint care. Whether you attend an informational class to help understand your joint options, get individualized care throughout your hospital stay or go to physical rehabilitation after surgery, Adventist HealthCare’s team of experts takes special care to ensure you get back on your feet quickly and safely.
“Joint replacement surgery is life-changing for many patients, as they are able to regain activity in previously painful joints,” says Christopher Magee, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Washington Adventist Hospital. “This is why it’s vital to have a strong, coordinated support system, which we provide through our joint replacement program.”
The Joint Replacement Centers at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals, both part of the Gaithersburg-based Adventist HealthCare system, are made up of specially trained orthopedic surgeons, nurses, patient care technicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists and a patient educator. After surgery, Adventist HealthCare joint patients also have access to a coordinated, comprehensive system of joint care that includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation as well as in-home nursing care and physical therapy.
“Rehabilitation for joint replacement patients begins the same day as surgery,” says Brett Hampton, MD, orthopedic surgeon and co-medical director of the Joint Replacement Center at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “To help our patients recover as quickly and fully as
possible, it is optimal to have them immediately begin strengthening the joint and regaining muscle.”
People recovering from surgery who need additional rehabilitation after their hospital stay can receive inpatient or outpatient physical and occupational therapy through Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland, which has a location in Rockville, adjacent to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, and in Silver Spring, near Washington Adventist Hospital. The Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland team o ers a wide range of specialized therapies including balance training, joint mobilization, individualized exercise programs and wound care.
Care At Home
After a hospital stay for joint surgery, some people require additional care, which can be provided within their homes. Adventist Home Care Services offers joint patients in-home nursing, physical therapy and other care to help them heal in the comforts of home. Specific services and therapies from Adventist Home Care Services include:
- Home safety assessment
- Fall prevention
- Treatment for muscle weakness, joint range of motion and pain
- Instruction in therapy exercises
- Gait and balance training
- Functional mobility and activities of daily living
- Wheelchair seating and positioning assessment
- Caregiver education
- Energy-saving techniques
- Joint protection instruction