Joint Implant Center
of the Treasure Coast
At Indian River Memorial Hospital
Why replace joints?
The human body is designed to absorb years
of a constant weight on our joints without pain or problem. But
occasionally, weight-bearing joints can literally wear out due to
accidents, arthritis, age, disease or deformity. The result? Chronic
pain, stiffness and suffering in our hips and knees and a drastic
loss of mobility.
Patients who live with joint pain know the
usual treatments: anti-inflammatory drugs, exercise, injections
and heat applications. For many patients, though, the pain is so
great, or mobility so severely restricted, that joint replacement
surgery is an alternative that can mean a return to a normal lifestyle.
Joint replacement surgery is usually considered when other treatments
no longer bring relief. Your physician can help you determine if
joint replacement is an option for you.
The professionals at the Joint Implant Center
of the Treasure Coast at Indian River Memorial Hospital can also
answer any questions you have about joint replacement. Offering
the most modern, up-to-date technology, the center began serving
area residents in 1992. During it's first year of operation, the
center performed more than 500 hip and knee replacements on patients
ranging in age from 45 to 82. Today over 600 are performed per year.
The center is a 24-bed, state-of-the-art
nursing unit with dedicated operating suites equipped with special
features designed for joint replacement procedures and on-site physical
The Joint Implant Center offers the latest
technological advances in joint replacement from a staff of top
professionals in the field. Procedures vary depending on the nature
of the problem, the age of the patient, physical condition of the
patient, and the condition of the joint and bone.
Surgeons have two options for joint implants:
Cemented joints, which are glued in place to the natural bone, or
uncemented, which offers a porous surface to which living tissue
will eventually attach and grow.
A hip prosthesis contains the same parts as
a regular hip, with a metal ball replacing the worn head of the
thigh bone. A plastic cup-like device replaces the patient's worn
socket, and with this, the metal ball moves and turns in the socket
so their is no pain. These artificial joints can be either cemented
in place or secured by the natural bone growing back around it.
A knee replacement is made of metal covered
with a polyethylene or plastic covering. Surgeons remove the cartilage
between the joints and resurface it to restore smooth contact between
the working parts.
Regardless of the type of surgery or location
of the joint replacement, patients who are admitted to the Joint
Implant Center usually stay an average of five to seven days.
During the hospital stay and in the weeks
ahead at home, physical therapists work with patients to ensure
recuperation, full range of motion and a return to active lifestyles.
In the hospital, therapists design and teach exercise and walking
programs. After discharge, outpatient physical therapy services
make it easy for patients to continue therapy, thereby maximizing
progress in regaining mobility.
A Staff of Trained Specialists
The Joint Implant Center is a team of professionals
trained and dedicated in the specialty of hip and knee replacement.
Nursing, physical therapy, anesthesiology, and medical staff members
all work together as a team to provide comprehensive care designed
exclusively for each patient. Their work is complemented by a full
range of support services including occupational therapy, nutritional
support, pharmacy, diagnostic imaging and the laboratory to assess
the patient's condition and advise them on a recommended course
of treatment and lifestyle. Patients at the Joint Implant Center
enjoy attentive, individualized care while receiving advanced treatment
efficiently and professionally.