Find Relief from Joint Pain
If and when joint replacement surgery is recommended, Saint Vincent Hospital’s Center for Musculoskeletal Services is prepared with comprehensive joint replacement services. Our team of joint replacement specialists work together before and after your procedure to evaluate your condition, as well as continuously monitor and manage your entire pre- and post-surgical performance and progress.
At Saint Vincent Hospital, we’ll help you get back to living your life to the fullest as quickly and safely as possible.
Complete Joint Replacement Services
Our surgical team has the ability to replace all major joints, and we’re the only health care provider in the area offering anterior hip replacement and uni-compartment knee replacement. Our joint replacement options include:
- Ankle replacement
- Hip replacement
- Knee replacement
- Shoulder replacement
Saint Vincent Hospital offers Joint Replacement classes designed to prepare you for surgery. These classes are also open to anyone who may be considering joint replacement but would like more information. Classes are free, but preregistration is required. For more information, please call (800) 201-0574.
What Is The Joint Academy At Saint Vincent Hospital
The Joint Academy at Saint Vincent Hospital is a unique program that was designed to meet the needs of the joint replacement patient throughout the continuum of care from pre-op to post hospitalization.
Our goal is to provide our patients with the best quality of care including education, treatment and discharge planning.
Why Should You Attend The Joint Academy Orientation?
Our Joint Academy process begins with the Orientation class. This essential class is where we educate and prepare our patients and their "coaches" for a successful surgery and outcome.
Patients who are well prepared for surgery do better and recover faster.
The class is presented by the team of healthcare professionals who will be taking care of you during your hospital stay. These individuals may include the nurse, case manager, social worker, physical therapist and occupational therapist.
Role And Importance
A ''coach" can be a spouse, family member, or a friend and plays a crucial role by providing support and encouragement during treatment and throughout your recovery period.
During your recovery, the coach will be your advocate, champion and
Walk The Hills Of Worcester, Massachusetts
Since Worcester is historically known for its Seven Hills, we have developed our program around this concept. Our program encompasses a themed experience which includes an interactive wallboard for patients to track their progress throughout their stay, historical facts about each hill as you walk around the Joint Academy unit and other
motivating activities to help you reach your highest potential.
How Do I Register For The Orientation Class?
If you are scheduled for joint replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon's office will register you for the class that coincides with your preadmission testing date.
Joint Academy Orientation
The following information will be reviewed during your orientation class:
- Pre-surgery instructions
- Day of surgery instructions
- What to bring to the hospital
- Overview of the surgical procedure
- Expectations during hospitalization
- Medication Information
- DVT education and prevention
- Role of physical and occupational therapy during your stay
- Joint precautions
- Roles and responsibilities of a coach
- Planning for discharge
- Equipment needs for discharge
- Preparing your home for a safe return
When Are Classes Held?
Knee: Every Monday, 8 :00am - 9:00am
Hip: Every Monday, 9:00am -10:00am