Each year, more than 1 million hip, knee, and shoulder replacements are done in the United States. If joint replacement is the right option for you, Community Hospital's Orthopedic Center is the right place to have it done. Experience counts, and our Orthopedic Center does more joint replacements than any other hospital or surgery center in the region.
The training and experience of our surgeons combined with the compassionate care of the rest of the Community Hospital team give you access to the most advanced treatment, where you live.
As the region's joint replacement leader, the Orthopedic Center focuses on the things you care about most:
- Reduced pain
- Shorter hospital stays
- Discharge home
- Faster return to normal activities
- Decreased complication rates
Read a hip replacement success story!
Preparing for your surgery
The best outcomes are achieved when the surgeon, nurses, therapists, and the patient join forces to meet the patient's goals. With this in mind, Community Hospital offers a free and comprehensive class that covers everything a patient needs to know before undergoing joint replacement. Staff will help patients and their loved ones to register for the class prior to the scheduled surgery.
During the class, the Orthopedic Center's Joint Replacement Program coordinator explains in detail what a patient can expect before, during, and after joint replacement surgery, and answers questions you may have about the short hospital stay. She will provide helpful tips to make your recovery as smooth as possible. Participants routinely report how much they benefited from the class.
In addition to the class, we also have videos about preparing for joint replacement surgery that can be viewed anytime.
Physical and occupational therapy
Before surgery, you will be shown exercises to help you prepare, focusing on movement, alignment, and body awareness. You will also be provided with information on how to make your house as safe as it can be for your return, and you will learn about what assistive devices you may need initially and how to use them. Physical and occupational therapists will work with you in the hospital after surgery, to help you safely and comfortably get started on your rehabilitation, addressing your questions about work, exercise, driving, and more.
Outpatient therapy is available at our Peninsula Wellness Center in Marina and Hartnell Professional Center in downtown Monterey.
Community Hospital has teams of operating room nurses and technicians dedicated to orthopedic surgeries and state-of-the art surgical suites equipped with the most modern tools. To reduce the risks of complications, before surgery you will meet with a nurse practitioner, who will perform an 11-point risk assessment of your health history and work with your doctors to address any issues.
Our surgeons are certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, recognizing that they have demonstrated a mastery of knowledge and skills in the field.
The Orthopedic Center has a preemptive approach to pain management, resulting in reduced pain and side effects, the concerns most frequently cited by joint replacement patients.
Recovery in the hospital
The day of your surgery, you will begin to use your new joint. A therapist will help you out of bed for a short walk. You will be assisted by a walker or crutches and begin exercises. While in the hospital, you will begin work on how to get out of bed by yourself, dressing, and safely using the bathroom. A respiratory therapist may also work with you on breathing exercises.
Typical hospital stays are about 1-2 days. Our goal is to get you home as quickly as possible; people tend to be more active, sleep better, and feel more secure in their own homes, contributing to their recovery.
When you go home, you will gradually increase your activity and continue physical therapy to rebuild strength in your new joint and surrounding muscles. Your physical therapist will also assess for any additional care needs you might have and communicate to your doctor.
After three months or less, most patients have made a full recovery from hip or knee surgery, and shoulder replacement patients have started to regain their arm mobility.