The Joint Replacement Center
If you have a joint in need of replacement, even the slightest movement can cause pain. So why add to your discomfort by searching far and wide for a solution? At Waterbury Hospital’s award-winning Joint Replacement Center, you can experience maximum relief with minimal disruption to your life.
Our coordinated care approach is designed to ensure the best patient outcomes. From our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, to our multi-disciplinary experts—our team will work together to determine the best treatment plan tailored to your needs. Add to this our vigilance in infection prevention and advances in pain management, and the result is a faster and easier recovery.
There’s no place like
With our Hospital to Home program, you’ll be fully prepared to successfully recover at home in comfortably familiar surroundings.
We’ll help ensure a smooth transition home through:
- A pre-surgery class and at-home physical therapist visit,
- An in-hospital meeting with your case manager to coordinate your return home, and
- Post-surgery visits by a physical or occupational therapist and a nurse.
PERIOPERATIVE JOINT REPLACEMENT CLASS
Wondering what to expect?
Our class provides all the answers.
It’s only natural to have questions or concerns prior to undergoing a hip or knee replacement. That’s why we offer a perioperative joint replacement class that covers:
- What to expect before, during, and after your surgery
- How your healthcare team will help you through your hospital stay and your return home
- How to prepare yourself and your family for your procedure and subsequent rehabilitation
Since the first knee replacement surgery in 1968, there has been enormous progress in improving the surgical techniques and medical devices used to replace damaged bone and cartilage in the knee.1
Let's first review some of the basic surgical steps that almost all knee replacements have in common:
Bone preparation. During this step, the damaged cartilage surfaces at the ends of the femur (the thigh bone) and the tibia (the larger of the two lower leg bones) are removed along with a small amount of underlying bone.
Install the metal implants. During this step, carefully selected metal components are fitted to the prepared bones of both the femur and tibia.
Insert a spacer. During this step, a medical-grade, plastic spacer is attached to the lower, metal tibial component, creating a smooth surface for upper, metal femoral component to slide against as the knee moves.
All of the progress in knee replacement surgery and implant technology also means that today's informed patients face a wide array of surgery and implant choices, as well as a potentially confusing vocabulary of terms including total replacement, patient-matched instruments, partial replacement, robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive techniques and more.
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website, accessed March 7, 2017: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00389
Dr. William Flynn, MD discusses robotic knee surgery at Waterbury Hospital.