In joint replacement surgery, parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced a plastic and metal artificial joint that replicates a normal, healthy joint. Hip and knee replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacements, but replacement surgery can be performed on other joints, as well, including the ankle, shoulder, and elbow.
OrthoNebraska has been recognized as a destination for joint replacement based on many factors including our lower than average infection rates, nurse-to-patient ratios, and length of stays.
We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to joint replacement. While some patients may go home on the same day of their surgery, others will stay with us for a brief hospitalization. Each person recovers differently, so you will be ready to go home when you are medically stable for discharge and have met your rehab goals.
Many other hospitals focus on protocols, treating everyone the same. We’ll do what’s best for you.
Preparing for Surgery
At OrthoNebraska, it’s not just about the day of surgery. From the very beginning, our nurse navigators will help to guide you through your total joint replacement journey. They will call weeks before your surgery to go over what you need to do to properly prepare for surgery and reinforce what the surgeon would have discussed with you when you scheduled surgery. Additionally, the Nurse Navigators offer a video and printable guide that discusses how to prepare your home and what to expect in your recovery as well as videos from our therapy team on how to walk and transfer after your surgery.