Joint Replacement Center
Capital Region Medical Center is changing the way patients and their families think about and experience joint replacement surgery with the introduction of the Capital Region Joint Replacement Center, a comprehensive program that is based on a national best practice model for hip and knee replacements, and structured around the fundamental principles of wellness. The program incorporates advanced surgical techniques, pain management and early ambulation—with an environment that maximizes patient recovery through education, a culture of early mobility, family involvement and group interaction.
Each patient chooses a coach—usually a family member or loved one—who is an active participant in their care before, during and after discharge from the hospital. Both patient and coach are required to attend a pre-operative class two weeks prior to surgery, where they meet their Joint Replacement Center team, in addition to learning in detail about the procedure, what to expect in the hospital and how to care for oneself after discharge. Coaches learn the program right along with their loved one, and provide encouragement and support every step of the way.
One person—a Care Coordinator—oversees the student’s entire stay, and is their resource before, during and after discharge. All staff at Capital Region’s Joint Replacement Center receive special training, and are chosen to work on the unit because of their expertise; positive, upbeat nature and high motivational skills.
Patients follow a daily schedule that begins as soon as the day of surgery. Each day, patients receive a daily newsletter with their breakfast, letting them know the agenda for the day, along with tips on how to care for themselves later. Two group therapy sessions are held daily in a gym located on the unit. Patients compete with one another on distance walked each day with progress tracked on a large exercise board posted in a common area. This exercise board provides visual reinforcement of goals. They find the camaraderie both challenging and rewarding.