Center for Joint Replacement
The Center for Joint Replacement at Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital
received the Joint Commission’s
disease-specific certification for hip and knee replacement. Our centers are located at Denville and Dover Hospitals, for convenient
access to care and our robust and individualized program combines patient
education, surgery, rehabilitation, and recovery. Our expert staff is
committed to providing a high level of personal care in a supportive atmosphere.
Our multidisciplinary team offers a comprehensive approach to hip and knee
replacement, with the goal of getting patients back on their feet safely
and quickly. Our experts include board-certified orthopedic surgeons,
specialized nurses, anesthesiologists, physical and occupational therapists,
and pain management specialists.
An orthopedic nurse navigator plays an active role in helping our patients
every step of the way inclusive of pre-operative, surgical and post-operative
care. The orthopedic nurse navigator is immediately accessible to patients
with the goal of ensuring each patient has an exceptional experience at
every point in the process.
Pre-Surgery: Prior to surgery, each patient receives their own portfolio from their
surgeon’s office. The portfolio provides important information for
patients which includes the process from doctor’s office visit until
the time of hospital discharge. The portfolio will provide exercises with
photos, along with other useful information to help patients and their
loved ones prepare for life before, during, and after surgery. If you
did not receive a portfolio from your doctor’s office, please contact
your orthopedic nurse navigator to obtain one.
Our program also includes a pre-operative class where prospective patients
learn about the pre-operative, surgical, and postoperative process. We
encourage a family member or a friend to also participate in the class
so they may support the patient during recovery in the hospital and at
home. This class is taught by a registered nurse and a physical therapist
who will be providing direct care to patients post-surgery. This educational
session allows patients and their loved ones to meet our staff and know
who to contact should there be any questions. The combination of the portfolio
and pre-operative class offer patients the necessary knowledge and peace-of-mind
to approach surgery with confidence.
Joint Replacement Surgery: Surgery is performed on Monday or Tuesday so patients can move through
a carefully designed course of treatment. A two to three-day hospital
stay is typical. Patients having surgery on Monday are usually discharged
on Wednesday, and patients with a Tuesday surgery are often discharged
on Thursday. Joint replacement patients stay in a designated surgical
unit on the fourth floor where they benefit from the care of staff with
specialized training in joint replacement and surgical rehabilitation.
Post-Surgery: Each patient receives a thorough evaluation by our physical and occupational
therapists on the day of surgery. Our therapy team carefully considers
the needs, lifestyle, and comfort level of each patient as they determine
the best course of rehabilitative therapy. Post-operative rehabilitation
occurs on a one-to-one basis at the patient’s bedside and includes
ambulation, transfer and balance training, as well as a thorough review
of available adaptive equipment.
We are committed to ongoing monitoring of pain levels and will provide
the appropriate type and amount of medication to make our patients comfortable.
Our anesthesiologists round on a daily basis to monitor the effectiveness
of pain management for each of our joint replacement patients.
We encourage patients to select a family member or friend to act as a "coach"
during the recovery process. Family members and coaches are encouraged
to participate in our preoperative education class as well as physical
therapy sessions in order to provide support, encouragement, and help
the patient reach his or her goals.
Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital
Center for Joint Replacement
25 Pocono Road, Denville, NJ 07834
Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital
400 West Blackwell Street, Dover, 07801