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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 appropriate techniques, approaches and technology that are best suited for each patient. We also work closely with multiple vendors to offer a variety of latest implant materials and designs that are the best fit for you.

Our experienced surgeons and multidisciplinary team work together with each patient and their family in deciding which approach works best. Our surgeons were the first on Long Island to perform robotic knee replacement.

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.

Over the past three years alone, we have:

  • Increased the number of patients who go safely and directly home after surgery with their home care team.
  • Decreased readmissions back to the hospital up to 90 days after surgery.
  • Decreased the length of time patients need to spend in the hospital after surgery, therefore improving outcomes.
  • Decreased complications by partnering with rehabilitation facilities so that the same nurses and physicians continue to work with you and follow up on your progress post-surgery.
  • Increased patient satisfaction – In a departmental survey, 100% of our patients say they will use our Hospital and surgeons again.

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
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Minimal Incision Total Joint 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.

From the minute you begin your evaluation with your surgeon, our team works with you to make sure you are as prepared as you can be for surgery, often starting 30 days or more prior to your surgical date.  Services we offer include:

  • Preoperative home evaluation to help prepare you AND your home for safety post-surgery
  • Nurse navigators that help guide you and answer your questions every step of the way, both before and after surgery.
  • A comprehensive preoperative education class taught by the caregivers that will care for you during and after your stay. It’s not unusual for the nurse that spoke to you at class to recognize you in the hospital halls! This class 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.
  • An excellent team of physical and occupational therapists that will get you up and walking the day of surgery and teach you all you need to know about returning to activity.
  • Partnering care providers, including home care and sub-acute facilities, where Winthrop staff and your total joint team continue to care for you long after your surgery is complete.

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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