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Joint Replacement

Personalized and Supportive Joint Replacement Program

Considering joint replacement surgery? We know it may seem overwhelming. That's why at MultiCare Deaconess Hospital's Joint Restoration Center, we've designed our program to put you at ease.

In just three steps, we'll see you through every phase of care, from pre-op education through your last inpatient therapy session. And you'll experience it all in a small group setting with people just like you. Together, you'll share successes, concerns — maybe even a few laughs — as you work to get back to your best.

Discovery

When it comes to joint replacement, the more informed you are, the better your experience. A few weeks before your surgery, you'll attend a class with your group, along with a personal coach (friend or family member who lends additional support). There, you'll meet members of your care team; learn all about your procedure, hospital stay and postoperative care; plan for a smooth transition home; and ask any and all questions to feel confident and prepared.

Surgery

On the big day, your surgeon will make sure you're comfortable and review what to expect before, during and immediately after your procedure. Find peace of mind knowing our program has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for hip and knee replacement. That means we meet the highest national standards for quality and safety while providing minimally invasive joint replacement solutions that often offer less pain, faster recovery and a stronger, more functional joint.

Recovery

Finally, you'll spend a few days recovering in our dedicated orthopedic unit, offering a personalized, home-away-from-home experience. Everyone's a little different, but on the first day, you'll work with a physical therapist to get up and moving. The next day, you'll attend group physical therapy, building camaraderie with your floormates. The day you leave, we'll answer any last-minute questions — and send you home ready to rediscover the life you love.


Am I A Candidate?

Hundreds of thousands of people have hip and knee replacement each year, with success rates of 98 and 96 percent respectively, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition to relieving pain, these procedures can enhance mobility and function, and help you rediscover the active life you love.

You may qualify for a life-changing procedure if you:

  1. You have tried everything else. Supplements, over-the-counter medication, joint injections — you name it, you've tried it, and your joints still hurt.
  2. Everyday tasks are becoming more difficult. Even something as simple as getting out of bed makes you ache, much less walking up and down stairs, being moderately physically active or keeping up with your children or grandchildren.
  3. You are otherwise in good health. Age is not usually a consideration when choosing whether or not to have a joint replaced - there is no upper age limit, and younger patients may find that their new joint is a lifelong solution to arthritis pain. The most important concern is whether you are healthy enough to undergo the surgical procedure, which typically has a relatively low rate of complications.