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Members of Your Joint Replacement Team

Who Are the Members of Your St. Mary's Joint Replacement Care Team?

At St. Mary's we are committed to providing individualized care to you and your family that will exceed your expectations.  Your care team is made up of many players -- some of whom you will see every day, and some who work behind the scenes.  It takes a lot of people working together to help you regain your ability to participate more fully in life! 

The following people may be involved in your plan of care:

Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Performs your surgery and directs your care
  • Sees you daily on hospital rounds 
  • Checks on your progress at follow-up office appointments

Joint Care Coordinator

  • Is responsible for coordinating your care needs from the pre-operative course through discharge and post-operative discharge follow-up
  • Acts as your liaison throughout the course of treatment
  • Answers your questions and coordinates your hospital care with Joint Replacement Solutions team members

Anesthesiologist

  • Administers anesthesia to you in the Operating Room
  • Monitors your condition during surgery
  • May direct your post-operative pain management

Inpatient Nursing Unit Staff (RN, LPN, Tech)

  • Plans and coordinate your care based on physician orders
  • Monitors your condition and communicates information about your condition to other team members
  • Teaches you and your family about your care needs
  • Helps you with your personal care needs

Case Manager (RN)/Social Worker

  • Coordinates your plan of care after discharge
  • Arranges for care after hospital discharge (equipment, home care, skilled care if needed)
  • Interacts with insurance companies as needed

Physical Therapist

  • Instructs and assists you with post-operative exercise programs
  • Teaches movement precautions
  • Instructs you with transfers, gait and stair training


Occupational Therapist

  • Helps you adapt to temporary lifestyle changes necessary following joint replacement surgery

Dietitian

  • Dietitian available if needed for special concerns and requests

 

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