Published on April 13, 2012

Are You A Candidate For Joint Replacement?

Come to free seminar May 5

You have trouble getting out of a chair or going up stairs.... Pain from arthritis has drastically limited your daily activities...You’ve tried non-surgical treatments for joint pain to no avail.

If you’ve wondered if you are a candidate for total joint replacement, then a collaboration between Genesis and ORA Orthopedics will make it easy for you to get some personalized answers.

Take these steps

If you have a painful hip or knee joint, learn if you are a candidate for joint replacement. Call (563) 459-4050, and register for the “Joint Effort Educational Day” -- held Saturday, May 5, at ORA Orthopedics, Genesis Medical Park Crow Valley, 2300 53rd Ave., Bettendorf.

“A lot of people have questions about whether the time is right for a total joint replacement,” says Peter Rink, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at ORA Orthopedics.

“They have joint pain in their hip or knee, trouble going down steps, pain when they’re trying to sleep or just pain all the time. The pain is not necessarily always controlled with medication. They wonder, ‘Should I work through the pain?’ or ‘Am I a candidate for joint replacement?’

“This effort allows people to listen to an orthopedic specialist and discuss when the time is right and what to expect. We can bring them answers and peace of mind.”

At “Joint Effort Day,” listen to an ORA Orthopedics’ surgeon, and meet some of the Genesis staff who may provide your care. Watch an overview about joint replacement surgery. See and touch replacement joints. Learn about the physical therapy you will need after surgery.

Find out about the various medical equipment and the Genesis VNA services that can assist you when you’re recovering at home after your hospital stay. Learn about pain control, and meet some of the Genesis health care professionals who provide care to total hip and knee replacement patients.

“People considering total joint replacement can meet the physicians, get their questions answered and really get a sense of the entire team -- all the people who will be involved in their care from the surgery and anesthesiology teams to the nurses, therapists, and preadmission staff,” says Colette Kissling, Nurse Manager of the Illini Campus Operating Room.

Genesis also offers pre-surgery classes to patients who will undergo total joint replacement, Kissling says. “This has been a very successful way for our patients to prepare for a great surgical experience.”

More than 700,000 primary total hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the United States, and demand for the surgery is expected to double in the next 10 years, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Contributing to an increased demand is an aging population, an obesity epidemic that’s contributing to failing joints, increased arthritis in the general population, and a better ability to do the procedure.

“The success rate for total hip and knee replacement is very high and very predictable. Our patients do very well,” Dr. Rink concludes.

Take the first step by calling (563) 459-4050, and register to join us for the “Joint Effort Educational Day”

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