Local hospital is changing how joint replacement surgery is performed

Mercer County
Princeton Community Hospital Orthopedic Center

PRINCETON W. Va. (WVNS) — On Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 2017, staff at Princeton Community Hospital revealed how they are making efforts to change the way total replacement surgery is performed.

Now, Patients getting a total knee or hip replacement can be discharged from the hospital in as little as three days.

Those working in the Princeton Community Hospital said they saw the importance of getting patients in and out of the hospital more quickly after surgery.

The Orthopedic Center gives patients all the tools necessary for a successful procedure. That starts with having patients attend a class two weeks before surgery to learn what the procedure entails and how to care for themselves afterwards.

Rose Morgan, the Vice President of Patient Care Services, said having patients prepared before surgery allows them to get home in a more timely manner.  “That’s what people want to do, they want to go home. They want to come in, they want to have a good experience while they are here and they want to go home and start using that new knee or hip.”

The Orthopedic Center has been up and running for a month now.

Orthopedic Care Coordinator Helena Griffith said so far, the results have been very positive.  “It has been going fantastic. We’ve seen amazing results from our patients. We’ve decreased the length of stay down in the hospital to 1-2 days. We’ve decreased the amount of pain medicine people are getting,” said Griffith. 

One patient had total knee surgery on Monday. After just one day of recovery, he is already able to walk without a walker and pain is at a minimum.   

Patient care doesn’t end after patients are released from the hospital. The Orthopedic Center Staff calls to check on patients 72 hours after discharge, and several months after.

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