Changing Lives for the Better
Nancy isn’t a woman who slows down. She’s a wife, mother, grandmother, dog lover and life-long adventurer. So when hip pain started making everything she loved to do unbearable, she turned to Dr. Michael Wertz and Avista Adventist Hospital for hip replacement surgery. Watch Nancy’s story to learn how the surgery, her orthopedic team and the care she received at Avista changed her life for the better.
Why Choose Avista for Joint Replacement
Experience for yourself our award winning care for joint replacement patients.
Each of these components is a critical element in our new model of joint care. And each exists for one purpose, to create the best possible healing environment for your complete and rapid recovery.
- Patient Satisfaction - Avista's Joint & Spine Care Center prides itself on tremendous patient satisfaction scores.
- The Joint Commission Certification - Certificate of Distinction Gold Seal of Approval awarded by the Joint Commission for our Hip and Knee Replacement Program in 2012.
- Tomorrow's Technology Today - From computer-assisted surgery to the most advanced prosthetics, your surgery will be in a state-of-the-art facility.
- Advanced Methods of Surgery and Pain Control - New, less invasive surgical techniques, coupled with advanced pain control options, contribute to your comfort and more rapid recovery.
- World Class Physicians - Our specialty joint surgeons are trained in joint replacement at the nation's top teaching institutions. They bring notable achievement, years of experience, and a passion for excellence, making this facility one of Colorado's finest. Dr. Thomas Eickmann, our medical director for the Joint Care Center, guides our program to ensure implementation of the very best evidence based care practices for our patients.
- Expert Staff - 100 percent of our regular Joint Care Center staff nurses are certified by the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, a percentage unrivaled by any other joint replacement center in Colorado. Our physical and occupational therapists are specially trained in joint replacement and spine surgeries. Unlike some hospitals where joint patients are treated by staff who handle a broad range of surgical patients, Joint Care Center team is focused on these areas and bring a level of experience that results in exceptional expertise.
- A Seamless Continuum of Care - From the minute your surgery is scheduled, the Joint Care Center team facilitates every aspect of your care. Your team includes your physician, Pre-Surgical Testing, pharmacists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, discharge planners, and the Joint & Spine Care Center manager. Our entire focus is on you! This coordinated approach across the care continuum is rare in health care, creating an experience that is efficient, accountable, and seamless.
- Privacy and Comfort - Our rooms, many with breathtaking views of the Flatirons, are located in an area of the hospital dedicated exclusively to joint and spine care patients, each with a private bathroom designed for easy access. In keeping with our wellness focus, you may wear your own comfortable clothes throughout your stay, instead of a hospital gown.
- Education and Support - Research confirms that patients improve more rapidly and experience less post-surgical depression and anxiety if they know what to expect and have consistent support. That's why our entire program is centered around group physical therapy and on-going education. The encouragement and support that you gain by interacting with others who have undergone similar procedures will help you complete your therapy and get back on track faster.
What to Expect from Joint Replacement Surgery at Avista
Avista Adventist Hospital is a 114-bed hospital, with a 13-bed Joint & Spine Care Center in the Boulder / Louisville area specializing in caring for joint replacements.
Our program focuses on caring for patients in an atmosphere of wellness. Our highly trained staff is dedicated to making your experience as pleasant as possible, so that you can get back to doing what you love!
- Patients receive room service meals.
- Atrium Cafe and Roots Cafe also available.
- No set visiting hours. Family and friends can visit whenever you would like!
- Therapy Dog Program
- Avista Therapy Center on site for outpatient therapy after surgery
Your Joint Replacement Journey
Pre-Op: After you are registered, you will go to Pre-Op. You will be given an opportunity to speak to your surgeon and anesthesiologist. They can answer any questions you may have.
Anesthesia: Your anesthesiologist will discuss with you which form of anesthesia is best suited for you. Choices may include spinal anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Spinal anesthesia with sedation is usually recommended for joint replacement surgery. You will not be awake or aware during this type of anesthesia, and patients have fewer side effects from it. General anesthesia is also sometimes recommended, depending upon your medical history.
Surgery: Before leaving the Pre-Op area for surgery, you will be given a sedative. Usually patients do not remember anything after receiving the sedative. Your family and friends will be asked to wait in our waiting area. After your surgery, your surgeon will contact them to give them an update on your status.
Recovery (PACU): After your surgery has been completed, you will be taken to the Recovery Room, also called the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, or PACU. Your vital signs will be closely monitored, and any needed medications will be given. Ice will be applied to your surgical site for comfort. Patients usually remain in PACU for 1 to 2 hours before being transferred to their rooms. Family and friends are not allowed into the PACU area, but rather will reunite with you in your room.
Your Room: From PACU you will be taken to your room, where you may reunite with your family and friends. Your Joint Care Center nurse will greet you and instruct you on how to perform ankle pumps and deep breathing exercises. You may start drinking clear liquids and may resume a regular diet as tolerated. Your nurse will ask you about your pain, and you will be asked to rate it using a 0-10 pain scale. To relieve your pain most effectively, your nurse needs to know how well pain relief measures are working for you. Medications can be adjusted to meet your needs.
The Next Day: You have already begun your recovery and it will continue today. Provided all is going well, you may get dressed in your own comfortable clothing if you desire, and you will participate in group therapy.
Discharge Home: After meeting predetermined discharge goals, you can be discharged from the hospital! If needed, a discharge planner will meet with you regarding any needs you may have, such as home care, private duty assistance, or rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility. Before leaving the hospital, you will be given written instructions concerning medications, physical therapy, activity, wound care, and follow-up appointments.