Joint replacement surgery is becoming more common. In total joint replacement, the damaged joint is replaced with artificial implants. In partial joint replacement, only the diseased or damaged joint surfaces are removed and replaced with artificial parts. A joint is where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip and shoulder.
One of the most common reasons for a joint replacement is arthritis in its more advanced stages. Thomas Krupko, MD, provides some helpful information about osteoarthritis (OA) and how you can manage it at each stage of progression.
A leader in the care and replacement of joints
If pain in your knees or hips causes you to struggle with even simple activities-like walking, climbing stairs, sitting or standing, Mercy Orthopedic Center can help. Whether your joint pain and stiffness result from arthritis, trauma or joint disease, we offer effective and appropriate treatments, all dedicated to restoring your mobility and freedom.
At Mercy’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence, we commit the very finest medical resources to the repair and care of joints. Our doctors and healthcare teams are leaders in their field, distinguished not only by their skill, experience and knowledge, but by their excellent track record in helping patients return to active and productive lives. Their work is dedicated to helping you resume your normal activities without the debilitating joint pain that holds you back today.
Center of excellence where quality comes first
Not only have our surgeons achieved board certification, they also have the benefit of wide-ranging experience that is so important to the overall excellence of an orthopedic center. At Mercy Orthopedic Center, physicians have been performing total joint replacements since 1971, recently performing over 500 in one year! That experience means outstanding care for our patients every day.
At Mercy Orthopedic Center, quality also is reflected in our low orthopedic infection rate, our patients’ short length of stay in the hospital and very low rates of complications compared to national averages. These statistics are important to us for one reason: They stand for patients. And we’re determined to give our patients the very best chance for a recovery free from complications.
Surgery is performed in our surgery/ambulatory care facility that includes 15 state-of-the-art operating rooms. For your convenience, all post-operative orthopedic services are fully integrated on one patient-care floor. In addition, we know how important it is to keep lines of communication open, talking frequently to family and friends before and after surgery.
Expert post-surgical care to get you moving again
It may come as a surprise to you that total joint replacement patients are encouraged to get up and start moving again as soon as possible after surgery. Our expert staff is trained to support and care for total joint replacement patients with:
- Physical therapy to help you increase your strength, comfort and range of motion;
- Occupational therapy to help you regain mobility for independent living;
- Rehabilitation services to help get you back on your feet.
When the time comes to return home from the hospital, social workers/case managers help with your discharge needs. This holistic approach to treatment is a result of our mission at Mercy: to continue Christ’s healing ministry by providing quality, compassionate care for the whole person.
Conveniences for you and your family
Mercy Orthopedic Center is conveniently located on Mercy Medical Center’s main campus in Canton, Ohio. It’s adjacent to Interstate 77 and just 15 minutes from the Akron-Canton airport. We make it easy for you and your family to visit our center by providing valet parking, meals and discounted hotel rates.