We pride ourselves on providing excellent medical care and personalized attention. Here are a few of the services that set the Joint Replacement Center at LDS Hospital apart from other hospitals.
This is a major emphasis for the Joint Replacement Center. Education begins long before surgery, with a class held every Thursday where patients and prospective patients can ask any question they like. It continues with an informative packet of written material covering what to expect before and after surgery. Every patient will also spend time with a skilled physical therapist, occupational therapist, and nurse educator to learn the best way to recover and heal.
While infection rates from joint-replacement surgery are very low, it is a concern. That’s why LDS Hospital has established a system for minimizing the chances of infection. First, our operating rooms are equipped with advanced air filtration systems designed to reduce the number of free particles floating through the air from 10,000 particles per cubic foot (the number allowed nationally) to only 2,000 particles. That’s a reduction of 80 percent. We also wear special gear in the operating room to reduce the presence of particles even further, and surgeons wear two pair of gloves. As an additional precaution, patients begin taking antibiotics even before surgery begins.
Each patient experiences pain differently. That’s why the Joint Replacement Center at LDS Hospital employs a skilled team of anesthesiologists and specialized nurses who work with our surgeons to create a customized plan for controlling each individual’s pain. The team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is committed to providing the right medications in safe but effective doses.
With seven specially trained and very experienced physical therapists, our patients get a great start to recovery. The therapists help patients regain mobility, teach important exercises, help patients walk with an aid such as crutches, and provide education for things like going up and down stairs. The therapists do a one-on-one evaluation after surgery, and also offer group classes after patients are back on their feet. Patients seem to enjoy exercising alongside other people who are going through the same thing. The class also means patients have access to more physical therapy than in many hospitals. In fact, our patients receive up to three hours of physical therapy a day.
Our occupational therapists will help patients safely complete daily activities, such as getting in and out of the car, while also protecting their new joints. Patients will learn ways to dress, shower, and use the restroom safely. The therapists will also recommend tools that can help patients be independent as they recover.
Radiology and Imaging
Our surgeons use the latest imaging and computer techniques to determine the best possible alignment for each artificial joint, including portable equipment that’s right at the bedside allowing them to double-check placement after surgery.
Food & Nutrition
Our patients love the room service available at LDS Hospital. The program lets patients order what they want to eat, when they want to eat it. Patients also have access to a nutritionist, who can guide them in making good food choices that will help them heal and not interfere with specific medications.