Joint Works at Good Shepherd
Center for Orthopedic and Neurological Advancement

The Center for Orthopedic and Neurological Advancement at Good Shepherd delivers quality, comprehensive care. Orthopedic surgeons, specially trained nurses, therapists and other caregivers work together for one common goal: enriching your quality of life.

One component of the center is a unique recovery program for people having knee or hip replacement surgery, Joint Works. The Joint Works program allows patients to encourage each other and share their joint replacement experiences in a group setting, from preoperative education to postoperative rehabilitation.

Preoperative Education

Two weeks prior to your surgery, you will register for an education class in which we will explain the details of your surgery and rehabilitation. This educational offering will prepare you for your upcoming surgery, easing any fears or stress you and your family members may be experiencing. In this class, a member of the therapy team will meet with you to teach you basic exercises that will be performed during group therapy sessions and at home after surgery, including:

  • Safety precautions
  • Medication (pre- and post-surgery)
  • Training in daily activities
  • Ensuring a safe home environment
  • Potential postoperative complications
  • Pain management
  • Fall prevention
View Joint Works pre-operation manual for patients 

Your Hospital Stay

The day after surgery, patients are taken to the Joint Works gym to start their postoperative rehabilitation. Dressed in comfortable, everyday clothes, patients participate in group therapy and other activities to regain their strength and mobility. The atmosphere is secure, supportive and enjoyable. Family members, friends or volunteers act as coaches to encourage recovery during your stay. Coaches participate in preoperative education classes as well as group therapy sessions.

Knee Replacement

Arthritis or traumatic injury to the knee can cause pain, deformity and stiffness that can severely limit daily activities. Knee replacement can alleviate that pain and restore the normal alignment of the knee, allowing you to move more easily. During this procedure, the knee is replaced with two metal and plastic components simulating the mechanics of the natural knee joint. It replaces the cartilage that has worn away over the years. Patients begin weight-bearing and range of motion of the new knee the day after surgery, and can usually walk without assistance in as little as two days.

Hip Replacement

Joint deterioration caused by osteoarthritis or other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and injury may require the need for hip replacement surgery. The goal of hip replacement is to relieve pain and improve the function of the hip joint so you can get back to enjoying the simplest of activities like walking, driving and even standing.

During hip replacement, the surgeon removes the bone tissue and cartilage from the hip joint. The healthy parts of the hip are left intact. The surgeon then replaces and resurfaces the bones in the joint with new, artificial parts, recreating the smooth gliding surfaces that were once intact.

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