Our unique program is designed to encourage the best outcomes getting you back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
Patients undergoing joint replacement surgery at St. Mary-Corwin can be confident in knowing that all members of our staff and team, from pre-operative care through recovery, are trained specifically in orthopedics. They offer an unprecedented level of experience and understanding of the needs of joint replacement and joint reconstruction patients.
At the St. Mary-Corwin Joint Replacement Center we believe in a team approach when treating each patient.
Our team includes:
- Orthopedic Surgeon
The orthopedic surgeon is the skilled doctor who will perform the procedure to repair your damaged joint.
- Registered Nurse (RN)
Much of your care will be provided by a nurse responsible for your daily care. Your nurse will assure orders given by your doctor are completed including medications and monitoring your vital signs. The nurse will act as your advocate throughout the course of treatment from surgery to discharge, answer questions, and coordinate your hospital care with other joint replacement team members.
- Patient Care Technician (PCT)
Much of your personal care will be provided by a patient care technician. Your PCT will assist you with bathing, walking, and using the bathroom. They will also track your vital signs, and keep other members of the joint team of your needs and progress.
- Physical Therapist (PT)
A physical therapist will guide you in the important work of returning you to your daily activities. They will develop a plan for exercises to help you regain strength and mobility as you strive to reach your peak level of functioning. They will assist you in the use of your walker and recliner chair to support proper exercise.
- Occupational Therapist (OT)
An occupational therapist will guide you in performing daily tasks such as bathing and dressing after your joint replacement surgery. They may demonstrate special equipment to use in your home after your surgery including shower benches, rails and raised toilets.
The anesthesiologist is a physician who administers medications during the surgery. These drugs may diminish pain and sedate patients during the procedure.
- Case Manager, RN
The case manager will coordinate your discharge plan as you transition home or to a facility with additional support.
- Social Worker
In some situations, the physician may request the help of a Social Worker to arrange care when you leave the hospital.
A coach is a family member, friend or trained volunteer that has been designated to be by the patient's side from the pre-op process through the stay in the hospital and discharge. They will attend pre-op class, give support during exercise classes, and keep the patient focused on healing.
- Orthopedic Surgeon
Preoperative Joint Replacement Class
At the St. Mary-Corwin Joint Replacement Center we believe education prior to surgery helps each patient with their recovery. We have created a special Pre-operative Class for patients scheduled for joint surgery. Held once a week, patients should attend this one month prior to surgery. It is only necessary to attend one class. Attendance at this class is required prior to joint surgery. At the class patients will meet members of the joint team who can answer any questions.
We recommend that each patient bring a family member or friend to the class. This person will act as the patient's coach. We will review the role of the coach during the class.
During the class we cover important information including:
- What to expect at the pre-op appointment and on the day of surgery.
- The post-op routine on the Orthopedic Unit.
- The role of the "coach"/caregiver.
- Breathing exercises.
- Pre-op exercises.
- Nutrition for wound healing.
- Activity/therapy expectations and recommendations post-op.
- Assistance devices and joint protection.
- Discharge planning, obtaining equipment, and post-hospital care.
For more information about our Joint Replacement Center, contact us.
Sports Medicine at St. Mary-Corwin
St. Mary-Corwin Sports Specialists
Many orthopedic injuries can be caused through overuse of a joint during athletic activities, while others can be caused through sudden movement or added stress on a joint. While many injuries caused by sport activities can be common, not all of them are able to recover through R.I.C.E. alone (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). Cases where an ongoing sports injury is left untreated can often lead to longer recovery and sometimes permanent damage.
There are both surgical and non-surgical options for treating sports injuries depending on the severity and damage. Non-surgical treatments include injections, medication and physical therapy. It is important that each injury be evaluated individually to build the best treatment plan possible.
Providing expert medical care to local athletes
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has developed a specialized and dedicated sports medicine program to provide critical medical coverage for sports events in Pueblo County. The sports medicine program, featuring a dedicated concussion prevention and management component, will increase the quantity and quality of medical coverage at high school and university sporting events in the community.
Inspired by the vision of Dr. Shawn Nakamura, the goal of the St. Mary-Corwin Sports Specialists program is to provide the best care for the athletes, and to be a medical resource for athletes and their families, coaches, and athletic trainers by providing a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals specially trained in sports medicine.
Orthopedic care from the experts
Centura Health is a leading provider of outstanding orthopedic care. With orthopedic centers and clinics across Colorado, our expert orthopedic specialists can provide the care you need, close to home.