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Joint replacement surgery

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.

Our focus 

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 activites
  • 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. Patients and their loved ones should take 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.

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.

Surgery

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 Orthpaedic 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 and exercies, assisted by a walker or crutches. 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 will also work with you on breathing exercises.

Typical hospital stays are about 2.5 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. 

Long-term 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. An occupational therapist will work with you to make accommodations for any activities to best use your new joint.

After three months, most patients have made a full recovery from hip, knee, or shoulder replacement.

Maggie LeBelJoint Replacement Program Coordinator

Maggie LeBel

(831) 625-4994

Maggie LeBel is coordinator of the Joint Replacement Program at the Orthopedic Center of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Ms. LeBel has more than 25 years of nursing experience and program development, much of it in orthopedics.

Read her biography

Considering joint replacement surgery?

Talk to your doctor or call 888-45CHOMP for a referral to an orthopedic specialist.

Or, sign up for our free class, Considering Joint Replacement? An introduction to hip, knee, and shoulder replacement surgery.

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Ben AlexanderLearn how hip replacement surgery helped Ben Alexander get his swing back.