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Joint Replacement Program

Joint Replacement Program

The CCM Health Joint Replacement Program is conveniently located close to you and has an extensively trained joint replacement care team that is fully equipped to handle the most advanced joint replacement surgeries. Our care team is here to carefully plan every step of your joint replacement, eliminate your pain, and give you the best chances for a successful recovery.

View Knee Replacement Surgery Guide

At CCM Health we provide these types of joint replacement services:

  • Shoulder replacement
  • Hip replacement, to replace the hip joint with an artificial joint
  • Knee replacement 

Your surgeon will work with you to identify which type of artificial hip or knee will work best for you. This can depend on your age, bone density, joint shape, and other factors.

Joint Replacement Surgery

At CCM Health we use the latest technology and your surgeon will use the least invasive option that will work best for you. This means you’ll have smaller incisions to help you heal faster and have less pain.

Joint Replacement Program Navigator

Morgan Ireland, RN is CCM Health’s primary joint replacement navigator. She joined our team in 2022 and graduated from North Dakota State University. She will guide you through the entire surgery process, by providing education prior to your surgery, perform a review of your medications, coordinate pre-operative appointments, and answer questions that you may have.

Do I Need a Referral?

You will need a referral from your primary care provider to see a CCM Health orthopedic surgeon. Your primary care provider will check your condition, possibly do imaging tests, and help you decide if surgery is best for you. Our navigators can ask for a referral from your primary provider.
Call (320) 269-8877 to talk to Morgan about starting your Joint Replacement Surgery.

Joint Replacement Care Team

Our goal is to get you back to living your life. Patients going through our Joint Replacement Program benefit by working with a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, technicians, physical/occupational therapists, nurses, along with your joint replacement navigator.

Your Orthopedic Surgeon will:

  • consult and assess your surgical needs, 
  • complete your surgery, 
  • provide post-surgical aftercare,
  • follow up with you to ensure your best outcome.  

Your Orthopedic Physician Assistant will:

  • assist in your surgery, 
  • evaluate your progress and provide care after your joint replacement surgery. 

Your Primary Care Provider/Hospitalist will:

  • round on you daily during your hospital stay to evaluate and talk about your progress and goals.  

Your Operating Room Team 

Your Registered Nurse will:

  • admit you on the day of surgery and prepare you for your procedure, 
  • provide education before and after surgery, 
  • provide continual assessments for safety and positive outcomes. 

Your Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) will:

  • provide anesthesia care during your surgery, 
  • provide pain and nausea medications, if needed, after your surgery. 

Your Medical/Post-Surgical Team 

Your Nursing Staff (RNs and LPNs) will:

  • provide care for you while you are in the hospital, 
  • help manage postoperative pain and prevent complications, 
  • continue providing education during your hospital stay, 
  • help you achieve your goals. 

Your Physical Therapist will:

  • evaluate your mobility after surgery, 
  • provide coaching and guidance to perform safe physical activity and exercises, 
  • assess your home needs to help you be successful at home. 

Your Occupational Therapist will:

  • assist you in recovering and improving skills needed for daily living tasks, 
  • be a great resource to identify special equipment needed in the hospital or home. 

Your Discharge Planner will:

  • assist you in being discharged from the hospital, 
  • coordinate with your health care team to reach discharge goals, 
  • assist in arranging extended care if unable to be discharged to your home, 
  • be a great resource for questions related to hospital discharge, community resources, and aftercare plan.

Your Support Person/Coach:

Ask a loved one, such as your spouse, partner, a friend, or family member, to be your coach. Your coach will provide support and help you prepare for and recover from your joint replacement procedure.

  • be a positive and supportive person to help you meet your goals before and after surgery,
  • be involved with your care and education.

What to expect

Rely on your CCM Health Joint Replacement Program team to listen and provide education and guidance before and after your joint replacement surgery. Depend on the CCM Health orthopedic care team to help you know what to expect before, during, and after your joint replacement procedure.

Before Joint Replacement

After you decide you’d like to have a joint replacement, you’ll meet with an orthopedic surgery scheduler. Together you will:

  • Sign up to attend a pre-operative education class.
  • Schedule pre-operative screening from pre-anesthesia screening nurses.
  • Fill out a safe surgery questionnaire and take it to a preoperative physical exam.

After Joint Replacement

After surgery, you’ll move to an area called the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), also called the recovery room. You’ll be watched carefully in the PACU by your care team.

You can expect to see your surgeon or their physician assistant the day after your procedure.

Medications

You can expect to get antibiotics for about a day after surgery as well as medications for pain. If you experience nausea or constipation, you’ll receive medicines to help.

Talk to your providers if you don’t feel well. They’ll either explain your current medications or give you something different if your current ones aren’t working for you.

Moving After Surgery

Your rapid recovery plan will help you get up and move as early as possible during your stay at the CCM Health. This can help prevent blood clots and other problems.

You may be able to sit at the edge of the bed, stand, and even start walking with help the evening of surgery. You’ll use a walker and should be able to put weight on the joint if you can tolerate it.

Watch for Signs of Infection

After surgery, it’s normal to have some redness, swelling, and warmth around your incision. But you may have an infection if you experience:

  • Fever with a temperature over 102 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Increased swelling
  • Painful redness
  • Thick, bad-smelling drainage from your incision
  • Tell your surgeon right away if you have signs of an infection or other concerns.

How Long Will I Stay in the Hospital?

You may stay in the hospital for one to two days depending on your type of surgery and rehabilitation plan. It also depends on your health before surgery, your age, and any health conditions you may have. Our primary goal is your safety and healing.

Where Do I Go When I Leave CCM Health?

You may recover from surgery at home. But there are other options that may be right for you. Your care team may recommend:

  • Home care services and in-home therapy, including physical or occupational therapy.
  • Skilled nursing care in a licensed facility.

Follow Up Care

Attend follow-up appointments in the clinic with your care team after you leave the hospital. The first follow-up appointment will be two to four weeks after surgery.

Follow your care team’s instructions for caring for yourself at home.