What to Expect with Total Joint Replacement Surgeries

6-25-2015 11-04-07 AM

The body’s major joints in the hips, knees, and shoulders can become worn out through the years, and this degenerative pattern can lead to pain that limits regular activities and reduces a patient’s quality of life. Total joint replacement surgery can offer a solution, which will provide more freedom and mobility than you might expect thanks to the modern technologies available for joint replacement procedures. West Hills Hospital offers a comprehensive joint replacement program, incorporating every aspect of care into one convenient center. Read on to explore what you can expect with our joint replacement program.

A team approach to care

In the video above, you can hear Dr. Nirav Shah discuss how total joint replacement at West Hills Hospital utilizes a diverse staff of orthopedic experts who work together to coordinate care with a comprehensive approach. Because surgery, follow-up, and rehabilitation all take place in the same center, patients can expect that every member of the care team has had clear communication to ensure optimal success in surgery and long-term recovery.

Extensive planning and recovery

Before having joint replacement surgery, patients will attend a pre-surgical education class to create clearer expectations for this elective procedure. Patients also work one-on-one with physicians to plan their care and share their post-surgical goals. Recovery following joint replacement will include physical therapy led by licensed and certified specialists in the Fitness & Rehabilitation Center.

Improved technology for a broader range of patients

In the past, the typical joint replacement candidate was an older patient with limited goals in mobility and a primary focus on pain management. While joint replacement is still valuable as a method to relieve chronic pain in the affected joint, it is also now more widely accessible with artificial joint technologies that can facilitate more active lifestyles.

Are you considering joint replacement surgery to improve your quality of life and restore your independence? West Hills Hospital can walk you through the process with our exceptional patient education, so call us at (818) 676-4321 to get started with a physician referral. 

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