Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Surgery, Education and Recovery
When cartilage in a joint becomes damaged by disease or injury, the tissues around the joint become inflamed, causing pain and a breakdown of healthy tissue.
Over time, the tissue and cartilage may break down to such a point that a joint replacement should be considered. By replacing a diseased joint with an artificial joint, replacement surgery can dramatically relieve pain and help you return to enjoying normal, everyday activities.
Is joint replacement right for you?
If you suffer from the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for joint replacement surgery.
Joint replacement options at St. Francis
- Your everyday activities have been limited because of pain or stiffness in a joint
- Pain is constant and persistent, both day and night
- Anti-inflammatory drugs do not provide relief
- Other treatments are no longer providing relief
- Total hip replacement
- Total knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement (Hemi knee replacement)
Joint Effort Camp to prepare for recovery and rehabilitation
The best start to a recovery program is preparing for the surgery in advance. Your physician may recommend some strengthening exercises prior to your surgical date. If you are having your joint replacement surgery performed at a Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare facility, our free Joint Effort camp supports you before, during and after through educational materials, one-on-one counseling and support.
Joint Effort offers all joint replacement patients the option to attend regular Joint Effort classes, take part in regular Joint Effort activities during the hospital stay, ensure that all follow-up visits and therapy appointments are scheduled and participate in various education activities to have the best outcome through your procedure and recovery.
Joint Effort will familiarize you with our orthopedic unit, introduce our care team (nurses, discharge specialists, therapists and more), show where surgery and recovery will take place and help clarify expectations from pre-procedure through recovery. More knowledge, less anxiety and increased confidence for both the patient and family will help to ensure a positive experience for all.
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