Jose Marina, D.O., examines the knee of patient Rose Forquer during a consultation.
(Mission, TX) – In the past 5 years, the number of American adults who underwent
knee replacement surgery more than doubled, and the number of people who received
hip replacements increased three-fold. Today, more than 400,000 people receive total joint
replacements of their hips or knees in this country alone, and those numbers
are only expected to rise.
At Mission Regional Medical Center, similar growth in knee and hip surgery
is being realized. In 2010, the hospital performed 175 hip and knee replacement
surgeries. To support these surgical patients in a unique and unmatched
environment, the hospital has opened the
Joint Replacement Institute at Mission Regional Medical Center. Located in the first floor of the
Medical Office Building East, the Institute offers comprehensive care
and education for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement.
The first and only center of its kind in Hidalgo County, the Joint Replacement
Institute allows patients to stay close to home, friends and family without
the need to travel away from the area for this level of care.
At the Institute, patients will find an integrated team of highly-trained
health care professionals including
orthopedic surgeons skilled at minimally invasive joint replacement procedures, nurses specialized
in the care of joint replacement patients, physical and occupational therapists
who treat patients while they are in the hospital, and case managers to
help with discharge planning to bring you peace of mind when you are ready
to leave the hospital.
Joint replacement patients attend a
pre-admission education session prior to surgery where they receive an overview of how to best prepare
for surgery, what to expect during their hospital stay, and how to prepare
to return home. Patients have the opportunity to bring their family or
caregivers to the session so everyone involved can ask questions and receive
Maria Ester Rodriguez, RN, BSN Project Manager, works with patient who
are planning to have joint replacement surgery and those that have already
had the surgery. “Since the start of the Joint Replacement Institute,
we have received positive feedback from the patients that have gone through
the program. Patients continuously report that anxiety is reduced, they
are better prepared for the surgery and know what to expect,” said
Rodriguez. “Patients especially enjoy that family or friends are
invited to be involved in their care and education as their “Coach”.
Our Joint Replacement Institute was developed as a comprehensive and progressive
course of treatment to aide you in getting ready for surgery and your
recovery,” added Rodriguez.
Our team of physical therapists at the
Rehabilitation Center work patiently to rehabilitate patients both before and after surgery.
“Our goal is to work with each patient utilizing best practice models
to develop personalized therapy plans to get patients back to normal functioning
as quickly as possible,” said Elsa Saenz, PTA who teaches the physical
therapy section of the preoperative class. Through the program, experienced
therapists provide hands-on instruction for personal care, a written home
exercise program in addition to gait training and stair management.
Within one day of surgery, patients are up and out of bed, and begin to
walk with the aid of nurses and therapists. A loved one is encouraged
to stay with the patient to “coach” them through the recovery
process. The patient’s coach is encouraged to spend as much time
as possible with the patient to assist with physical therapy, offer moral
support and urge them to participate to the fullest. This coach can then
provide the needed support to the patient when they are discharged directly home.
joint replacement patients at Mission Regional Medical Center will stay in the hospital for three
days, and unlike many other programs, are discharged directly home, as
opposed to a sub-acute or rehabilitation facility. This ensures decreased
risk of postoperative complications, such as infection, falls, or injury.
Research has proven that the best recovery setting is at home surrounded
by loved ones with the assistance of nurse and therapy specialists under
the supervision of the surgeon. However, options are available when assistance
is not available at home. Regardless, patients are placed in the optimum
place for the best results.
In 2009 and 2011,
HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings company, ranked
Mission Regional Medical Center in the top 10% of hospitals in the nation
for Clinical Excellence in Joint Replacement. The distinction awarded
the hospital the HealthGrades
Joint Replacement Excellence Award™.
For more information on joint replacement surgery or for referral to an
orthopedic surgeon, call the Joint Replacement Institute at Mission Regional
Medical Center at