Total joint replacement
Quality of life is the bottom line in deciding whether to have a joint replacement. If your quality of life is deteriorating – if you’re giving up things you enjoy – then it may be time for a hip or knee replacement.
Summa Health System joint specialists have the experience and expertise to treat your hip or knee condition. They perform thousands of procedures each year and employ all surgical techniques and technologies to repair your joint.
Surgeons will discuss all options with you, both surgical and non-surgical. But getting in sooner will give our specialists more treatment options and give you the ability to make a faster recovery. While our surgeons can usually fix a knee or hip at any time, it is crucial for the patient to have surgery before the knee stiffens or hip weakens. Waiting until then will likely hinder your post-surgical recovery.
Thanks to new technology, implants last longer because they are modular, meaning our specialists can go in and replace the plastic pad for hips and knees after 20 years or more with a relatively simple procedure.
Summa Health System offers patients a Total Joint Education Class, which prepares them for their hospital stay and gives them a level of comfort. A Patient Care Coordinator usually gives the class. Since coordinators act as the liaison between the surgeon, nursing staff and social workers, they are usually on the floor, giving patients a familiar face to see after surgery.
Physical therapy is a critical part of your recovery. It is done the day of surgery, during the course of your hospital stay and at home for three weeks. Some patients may also need additional outpatient physical therapy.
Our goal is for patients to be able to walk with a cane and drive a car in three weeks. Most patients achieve this goal.
Summa Health System joint specialists can help you regain the freedom to participate in the activities you most enjoy.
To schedule an appointment with a knee or hip specialist, go to Find a Physician.