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Joint Replacement: High-Quality Care

Providing state of the art procedures is only beneficial if they are delivered in an environment where quality and patient safety are top priorities. We constantly monitor the quality of care we are delivering before, during and after every procedure. This quality shows in the outcomes of our patients’ experiences.

Medical advancements have made joint replacement highly successful – after surgery, most of our patients have significantly less pain along with improvement in their mobility.

Highly Experienced

More patients and their families choose Hendricks Regional Health for joint replacements than any other hospital in our area.

Low Infection Rates

As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications. We have an extremely low infection rate, as shown below, thanks in large part to the careful steps we take before surgery to avoid complications.

For example, every patient is screened for infection risk. If they display factors that increase their chance of infection, we encourage them to take additional preventative steps, like washing with special antiseptic soap before surgery. Our antibiotic administration before surgery is among the best in central Indiana. We have excelled at this best practice for a number of years. Simply put, we give the right antibiotic at the right time – helping patients avoid infection.

Reduced Lengths of Stay

Our patients typically spend fewer days in the hospital following their joint replacement procedures. We begin therapy soon after surgery and get patients home quickly to recover in their own environment. Remaining mindful of pain control, we start outpatient rehabilitation the day after discharge.

A Discharge Process that Works

When you have a surgery or procedure, you don’t want to end up back in the hospital after being released. To keep readmissions to a minimum, Hendricks Regional Health has an easily understandable discharge process.
1. Each patient gets a Discharge Binder with all the information they will need throughout their recovery. Education is provided to each patient, and their family, before they are discharged from the hospital. We want to be certain that all patients fully understand their discharge instructions.
2. Each discharged patient receives follow-up phone calls from the hospital to monitor their recovery.
3. For patient convenience and improved communication, Hendricks Regional Health coordinates the initial follow-up visit to the patient’s primary care physician.
4. Our electronic medical records are designed to be shared with your primary care provider and/or any other medical professionals that will need to access your records in the future for continuity of care.
5. Important patient information is also made available to patients via the online patient portal.

Focus on Patient Falls

Our team works hard to prevent patient falls. As seen below, we are proud that our fall rate is well below the state and national averages.

Our Team: Fellowship-Trained and Board-Certified

After residency, orthopedic specialists can choose to go into general orthopedic surgery practice or apply for a subspecialty fellowship. To be selected for a fellowship program, a surgeon must stand out from others in their field. Advanced fellowship training hones their skills even further – giving them the opportunity to master special surgical techniques under the guidance of nationally recognized experts. Studies show that fellowship-trained surgeons have better results and their patients experience fewer complications.

Additional rigorous testing is required to achieve board certification. Patients can feel confident that our fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons combine the latest surgical techniques with proven best practices. Read about our joint replacement team.

Physical therapy plays a big role in the recovery process and Hendricks Regional Health has a higher percentage of board-certified orthopedic physical therapists than all other providers in the Indianapolis area. These professionals can help prepare patients for surgery and play a critical role after surgery in helping patients regain strength and mobility, returning them to a high level of function.