Award-Winning Joint Replacement Center Encompasses Body and Spirit

January 10, 2012

Floyd Memorial Hospital is proud to offer a comprehensive Joint Replacement Center of Excellence. With so many options for joint replacement, Floyd Memorial has proven to compete among the best in the region. Whether it is a total or partial knee, or an anterior or posterior hip replacement, Floyd Memorial’s Joint Replacement Center offers Southern Indiana patients expert medicine and exceptional care.

Floyd Memorial Hospital is the only Southern Indiana hospital to earn the Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Distinction award in knee and hip replacement. This prestigious recognition is given to healthcare facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare. The designation is based on rigorous, clinically meaningful measures established with expert physicians’ and medical organizations’ recommendations. The goal is to help consumers find healthcare facilities that have demonstrated better overall outcomes, including fewer medical complications, and re-admissions in the delivery of joint replacement care.

Mental Preparation

Often times, there is much more involved with having surgery, especially an elective surgery like a joint replacement, than just the physical component. Many people put off having joint replacement surgery and suffer through years of pain and decreased mobility because they don’t know what to expect and are unaware of the latest technology that offers minimally-invasive surgical approaches. Others may know someone who had a bad experience, or are simply afraid they may make their condition worse. But when they do decide to take the step to improve their quality of life through joint replacement surgery, they still need mental preparation.

Edward Bell
“We strive for a comprehensive approach that results in greater patient comfort, which means better outcomes overall.”

Edward Bell, MD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Aniefiok Uyoe
“Floyd Memorial’s comprehensive Joint Replacement Center makes sure the patient is educated about the procedure and recovery process before-hand. They know what to expect the day of surgery and their pain control pathway and physical therapy is already in place. This knowledge accelerates their recovery.”

Aniefiok Uyoe, MD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Floyd Memorial Medical Group-Orthopedics
Laura Crump
“I see myself as each patient’s personal cheerleader and coach, rolled into one. I help guide them through the entire process to make it as simple as possible, and also encourage and motivate them every step of the way.”
Laura Crump, RN
Orthopedic Nurse Navigator
Floyd Memorial Joint Replacement Center of Excellence
John Conner
“Many people suffering with hip or knee pain wait until they can’t function to look into surgical options. We hear from so many people that they wish they’d had their hip or knee replacement years sooner.”
John Conner, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Edward Bell, MD, is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in joint replacement at Floyd Memorial. Dr. Bell explains, “We strive to put the patient at ease and reduce anxiety by educating them before the procedure. Fear of the unknown causes more stress, which I believe can greatly affect the patient’s progress and outcome.”

Floyd Memorial’s Joint Replacement Center is designed to alleviate fear through education. The program begins with the following steps:

  • Attending educational seminars to learn about the latest treatment options and meet the surgeons and orthopedic nurse navigator
  • Consulting an orthopedic surgeon to determine the best treatment options and make sure the patient is ready for the surgery
  • Taking a pre-operative class to educate the patient on the procedure and recovery process
  • Developing a personalized pain management plan to manage pain involved with the procedure
  • Deciding whether in-home, outpatient or inpatient rehabilitation is the best option, and making all the arrangements prior to surgery

Orthopedic Nurse Navigator Guides Patients Through the Process

A unique feature of Floyd Memorial’s Joint Replacement Center is our orthopedic nurse navigator. Patients have a single contact person who guides them through the entire process, from finding a surgeon, to scheduling appointments and helping them prepare for the surgery, to ensuring a pain pathway is planned and personalized to each individual’s needs. The nurse navigator is the patient and family “go-to” for questions and concerns, and is easily accessible during the entire joint replacement process from beginning to end. She will continue to follow the patients after they return home to make sure pain management and rehabilitation are managed in the best possible manner.

Orthopedic Nurse Navigator, Laura Crump, RN, says, “It’s important for patients to have a coach or loved one beside them as much as possible. We strive to get every joint replacement patient up and out of bed the first night after surgery, with physical therapy beginning quickly thereafter. There are two physical therapists on staff dedicated to joint replacement patients and serving as their cheerleaders.” To make this easier on everyone, all Floyd Memorial Hospital surgical inpatient rooms are private, recently renovated and have a pullout cot so loved ones can spend the night.

The nurse navigator ensures a seamless process for patients and their families and is the perfect complement to Floyd Memorial’s Joint Replacement Center.

Cutting Edge Technology

From the technological standpoint, there have been many advances in joint replacement over the past several years. One major advancement is the hana® Orthopedic Surgical Table for minimally invasive anterior hip replacement. Floyd Memorial is the only Southern Indiana hospital utilizing the hana® Orthopedic Surgical Table. Use of this table allows the surgeon to position the leg and hip in such a manner that only a very small incision is needed to replace the hip. This also means less disturbance to the muscles and tissue for added stability after surgery. Board certified orthopedic surgeon, Aniefiok Uyoe, MD, who specializes in the anterior approach to hip replacement, believes that, “joint replacement has gone from doing the procedure and hoping for the best, to a structured program with standardized care.”

Recovery is Key

What happens after the knee or hip replacement procedure is just as important as the surgery itself. The Floyd Memorial Joint Replacement Center allows the patient to choose pain management options, as well as where outpatient rehabilitation therapy will take place. John Conner, MD, board certified Orthopedic Surgeon, explained, “Pain management is extremely important to the patient’s physical and mental well-being. In many cases, pain treatments are administered prior to surgery so that when the patient wakes up, the pain is already under control.”

He went on to say, “Whether the patient wants to try to complete their therapy at home or at an inpatient or outpatient facility, their decision is made well before the surgery in order to make that transition quicker and easier.” Depending on the patient’s choice, the rehabilitation staff is already in place to help transition to after-care when the patient leaves the hospital.

The Joint Replacement Center at Floyd Memorial keeps evolving as technology improves and we use patient feedback to let us know how we can make the process better for the next patient. The highest quality care and best surgical outcomes are what keep the physicians and staff at Floyd Memorial on the top of their game.

Free Joint Pain and Bone Screening Seminars

Free Joint Pain Screening

Saturday, April 14, 6:30 – 11 am

Floyd Memorial will be hosting a free joint pain screening of knees and hip featuring X-rays and consultation with an orthopedic surgeon. You’ll also get an opportunity to meet the team of experts who will work with you every step of the way before and after your surgery. Space is limited and appointments are required. Screenings will take place at the Floyd Memorial Wound Healing Center. Call 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723) to register.

Free Bone & Joint Pain Seminars

Tuesday, February 7, 6 pm

Thursday, April 5, 6 pm

Learn about advanced treatments that may offer dramatic relief of your knee and hip pain. An orthopedic surgeon and nurse will discuss medications, exercise, joint replacement surgery and the recovery process. Call 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723) or visit www.floydmemorial.com/Events to register.