Exploring Surgery for: Knee
At New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH), we understand how pain or loss of function in your knee can drastically impact your quality of life. Our care team, including our knee specialists, has the focused expertise to help you return to the activities you love.
The NEBH approach to treating knee pain is based on decades of researching new therapies as well as outcomes. As a rule, we try to avoid surgery. Non-surgical treatments include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory injections and bracing.
However, sometimes knee surgery is the best option for relieving pain and/or restoring knee function. If you and your doctor decide to proceed with surgery, you can take comfort in knowing NEBH performs more orthopedic surgical procedures, including knee revisions and joint replacements, than any other New England hospital. Research shows that surgeons who perform a high volume of a particular type of surgery have superior results.
Coming to NEBH for Knee Surgery
NEBH has experts in all types of knee surgery from correcting sports injuries to joint replacements. Our years of orthopedic experience have allowed us to fine-tune our process before, during and after knee surgery to ensure the best possible experience and long-term results for you.
Reducing Your Risk Before Knee Surgery
We've designed our preoperative screening process so that your entire treatment team — surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses and operating room staff — knows your specific treatment plan and surgical needs.
Prior to surgery, we'll take a close look at your health history. This includes factors that may impact your experience during surgery and recovery (e.g. cardiovascular health, diabetes, smoking, weight).
If we identify any risk factors, we can call on the expertise of NEBH Department of Medicine specialty physicians. Cardiologists, hematologists, endocrinologists and others are available to assist with preoperative planning as appropriate. You'll also be screened and treated for infections that could complicate your surgery and recovery.
All of these steps are geared toward managing your risk, producing the best results and getting you back to your life as soon as possible.
During Your Surgery
We know you're concerned about pain during knee surgery. Our anesthesiologists and surgeons are dedicated to addressing the unique needs of orthopedic patients. They've developed techniques that involve administering a nerve blocks and/or local anesthesia to help control knee pain during and after surgery. This is just one example of the innovative approaches we take to improve your overall experience.
Following Your Surgery
After your surgery, your care team will monitor and treat your knee pain. If needed, your treatment team can consult with a pain management physician. We generally aim to have patients walk within one day of surgery, which helps to speed recovery and set rehabilitation expectations. A variety of rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, is available at NEBH.
Often times, your knee surgery won't require an overnight stay at NEBH. The exceptions involve patients who have more complex medical needs and/or have undergone more complex procedures such as a knee replacement.
If you need to spend time with us following your knee surgery, we'll make your stay as pleasant as possible. We're proud to say that NEBH has consistently ranked as a top performer in patient satisfaction. In fact, we've received the Press Ganey Summit Award (one of the healthcare industry's most coveted symbols of achievement in patient satisfaction) each year since 2007.
Patient Safety Really Matters Here
At NEBH, patient safety is ingrained in our history and our culture. Among the many measures we've instituted to boost safety, these are particularly important if you're undergoing knee surgery:
- In light of the risks of impaired mobility, we've made substantial improvements in managing patients at high risk for falls. Our incidence of patient falls with injury is less than half that of our peer hospital group.
- An aggressive detection and protection program has placed us in the top 10 percent of U.S. hospitals for preventing pulmonary embolus and deep vein thrombosis (PE/DVT), a potentially deadly complication of lower-extremity surgery.
- The NEBH methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) protocol, designed to prevent a dangerous type of staph infection, has been adopted industry-wide.
Click here to consult with one of our expert orthopedic surgeons, or call NEBH at 855-370-NEBH (6324) for a referral
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