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Joint Replacement

An Established Leader in Advanced Orthopedic Care

For nearly 20 years, Winthrop-University Hospital's Department of Orthopedics has been a regional leader in joint replacement widely recognized for its innovative surgical techniques and high levels of patient satisfaction. Our goal continues to be to improve the lives of patients by offering the most advanced joint replacement surgery options available, including minimally invasive surgery (MIS).

James Capozzi, MD, Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, answers some frequently asked questions on Joint Replacement.

Focused on Delivering Successful Outcomes

By recommending the right course of action along with creating personalized treatment plans, our team of orthopedic physicians are focused on fostering successful outcomes that enable patients to regain the lifestyle they enjoyed prior to the onset of chronic pain and loss of mobility.

Our board certified surgeons collaborate with certified nurses, therapists, and other allied health professionals to bring the highest quality of care throughout each phase of the joint replacement surgery experience. We treat a variety of conditions including:

Joint replacement services offered by the Winthrop Department of Orthopedics include:

  • Total Knee Replacement and Robotic-assisted Total Knee Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
  • Revision Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Shoulder Replacement and Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Foot and Ankle Replacement
  • Elbow Replacement

Comprehensive Orthopedic Care

Winthrop-University Hospital's Department of Orthopedics uses a multidisciplinary team approach focused on providing complete services to support you and your family during the joint replacement surgery process, beginning with pre-op education and continuing through recovery.

When you decide to proceed with surgery, a pre-admission profile is developed and any pre-surgical issues are addressed. This information is then provided to the discharge planner and homecare nurse who communicate with the surgeon to review and address any possible issues.

All joint replacement patients are required to attend an educational program prior to their surgery. This program is designed to alleviate concerns regarding the hospital experience and to provide the opportunity to interact with the various disciplines that will be involved with the patient’s care.

Joints In Motion Class

Find out How to Get Your Joints Moving Again!

The Joints in Motion Class is designed to provide patients with all the information needed prior to surgery, including:

  • Educational materials
  • Answers to questions
  • Review of hospital course
  • Details on how to prepare for recovery and rehabilitation both in the hospital and after discharge

At the class, you will meet many of the members of the Joints in Motion Team. The class will take approximately two hours to complete. Family members are encouraged to attend!

Frequently Asked Questions About Joint Replacement

Do I Need Surgery?

If your hip or knee pain is severely limiting your activities of daily living, and all conservative measures such as physical therapy, medications and injections have proven ineffective, it may be time for you to consider a joint replacement.

What is the Next Step?

Get an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon who will decide if joint replacement is the best option for you. If your doctor decides that surgery is the safe and appropriate option, you will then be scheduled for the procedure and for the Joints in Motion education class.

Is Surgery Safe for Me?

Once you have been evaluated by an Orthopedic Surgeon and told that joint replacement is the safe and appropriate option for you, you then have to be seen by your Primary Care Physician. Your Primary Care Physician will medically optimize you for surgery. If you have a medical condition such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood Pressure
  • Cardiac Disease
  • Obesity
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Sleep Apnea

You must be seen by the specialist that is treating you. Our main concern is your safety and well being.

How Long Will I be in the Hospital?

The vast majority of our patients are able to go home from the hospital after one to two days. With our team approach to patient recovery, your transition for recovery in the comfort of your own home will be effortless and stress-free. Winthrop’s Home Health team will start care within 24 hours from your discharge date.

How Will My Care Be Coordinated?

A nurse coordinator is available to help you transition through each stage of your care. Working closely with your physician and a home care nurse, your nurse coordinator will create a comprehensive discharge plan tailored specifically to you and your needs ensuring you receive the care you need to get you through the recovery process. Throughout the process, you can contact your nurse coordinator with any questions you have regarding your care.

When Should I Call My Care Team?

  • You do not understand something about your discharge instructions or plan of care
  • You have concerns about your health
  • Any Emergency Room visits or re-hospitalizations
  • You have a question or problem with your medications
  • You or your family need guidance regarding choosing a rehabilitation center
  • You need someone to advocate for you at the rehabilitation center
  • Any increase in pain, swelling or redness at the surgical site


Total Knee Replacement

In The News

Hospitals accountable in Medicare patient surgery outcomesHospitals accountable in Medicare patient surgery outcomes

— Newsday, April 2016

About 800 hospitals in 67 regions — including 18 facilities on Long Island — now are being held financially accountable for the quality and cost of hip and knee replacements in Medicare patients, not just for the surgery but for 90 days after.

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