Total Hip and Knee Replacement
People who are scheduled for total hip replacement or total knee replacement surgery can get comprehensive preoperative and postoperative rehabilitation services at the Total Joint Center at Inland Valley Medical Center. The center features a multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation specialists, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists and case managers. These skilled professionals work together to provide you with a comprehensive range of services, including:
- Advance planning for hospital stays and post-hospital care
- On-site rehabilitation
- Individual physical therapy
- Special instruction for coaches/family members
Total hip and knee replacement surgery generally takes two to three hours to complete and involves replacing the affected joint with an artificial implant made from metal or plastic. After surgery, patients stay on the orthopedic unit, where they begin their recovery and rehabilitation.
Patients who come to the Total Joint Center at Inland Valley are surrounded by an atmosphere of caring, comfort and understanding. It's a very different atmosphere than other replacement centers. The staff's goal is to get you back on your feet — both physically and psychologically. The staff will not treat you as a "sick patient," but as a person who has elected surgery to help improve their quality of life. This means:
- The staff will help you develop and maintain a positive outlook throughout the rehabilitation process.
- Your energy will be focused on maximizing mobility.
- You will play an active role in your healthcare. In fact, you may be allowed to administer your own pain medication if you are provided with a PCA (patient controlled analgesia) pump by your physician.
The Inland Valley Total Joint Center is designed to make the patient's surgical and therapy experience as easy, pleasant and productive as possible. The facilities are laid out so patients can walk short distances several times a day, promoting activity and reducing the amount of time spent in bed.
Provided on-site, rehabilitation places a greater emphasis on functionality and post-hospital care. We also encourage your loved ones to participate in the recovery process. This provides our patients with an encouraging and uplifting experience while making their journey to recovery as quick and pleasant as possible.
Patients can receive physical therapy while at the hospital. There is a dedicated physical therapy room located within the Total Joint Center. Surgeons may recommend that patients continue physical therapy at home, or that they be admitted to a skilled nursing/rehab facility before returning home.
One Patient's Experience
Pete and Ann have always been active, so when Pete hurt his knee while skiing in Switzerland, quality care was important to them. After traveling back home, Pete met with John Elis, MD, at Inland Valley Medical Center, and was told he had fractured his tibia.
Together they decided that a full knee replacement was the best solution so that Pete could get back on his feet. Today he has plans to continue his active lifestyle with his wife, and even has reservations to return to the slopes in Switzerland.