Each year the orthopedic surgeons at the Huntington Orthopedics Institute perform hundreds of joint replacement procedures using the latest technological advances in orthopedic surgery. Combined with our advanced pain management and rapid recovery protocols, we are able to replace stiff and painful joints so that our patients can quickly return to their active lifestyles with less pain and greater mobility.
IMPORTANT: JOINT CLASSES ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
The Academy of Hip and Knee Society provides an excellent Joint Care at Home During COVID-19 resource. You can find this information here.
Orthopedics Patient Guide
Click to download our joint patient guide “Preparing for your joint replacement surgery.”
This page provides information and resources in three sections.
Before Your Surgery
Our unique pre-surgical preparation and aftercare programs ensure you receive the information needed prior to surgery, and the aftercare needed to return to an active, healthy lifestyle as quickly as possible. Our Joint Replacement Class, staffed by members of the hospital’s joint replacement team, guides patients through the replacement process. NOTE, DURING COVID-19 WE ARE NOT HOLDING JOINT CLASS
Getting Ready for Surgery
Joint Class at Huntington Hospital
The key to great surgical outcomes is preparation, not just by your excellent orthopedic surgeon but by you as well.
Register online for our free unique pre-operative education class. Joint Class will provide you with the background information you need. We can also provide class materials to anyone who cannot attend in person.
If you need more information or need to request the class materials, learn more on the Joint Class page.
Here you will find information what will happen on the day of your surgery. Our pre-operative screening programs limits the risk of developing infections after surgery, and our multi-modal pain management program ensures that your pain will be limited so that you can participate in physical therapy after surgery to speed your recovery.
After your surgery
Aftercare programs includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, our personal Care Tablet resource, and individualized preparation for the return home.
We provide a care tablet during your hospital stay to improve your experience and provide education abotu your recovery process.
On your tablet you’ll find a new video each day describing what to expect during your hospital stay and healing process. You’ll also find additional educational resources such as exercises and videos. We’ve also added games, things to read and music to make your stay more comfortable.
You can also email any of the information on the care tablet to your personal email so you can reference it once you’re home.
Rehabilitation and Aftercare
Huntington Hospital’s Orthopedic Department offers rehabilitation and aftercare to meet the individual needs of recovering orthopedic patients, on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
Skilled physical and occupational therapists support patients on the road to recovery with a program of specialized rehabilitation and aftercare in a premier rehabilitation unit and gymnasium.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Femoral Nerve Block Anesthesia?
An added bonus for Huntington patients undergoing joint replacement surgery is femoral nerve block anesthesia. By blocking the femoral nerve and feeding medication directly to the source of pain, patients have quicker recovery periods and less post-surgical discomfort. They are usually able to get up easier and begin walking sooner – enhancing the surgical outcome.
What are the Benefits Computer Assisted Joint Replacement?
Huntington Hospital has the highest level of experience in this advanced field of medicine and currently offers computer assisted joint replacement surgery, featuring the Navitrack Navigation System. This offers patients greater precision than ever before when it comes to joint position accuracy.
Huntington Hospital is one of the few facilities in Southern California that offers hip replacement surgery utilizing an anterior approach. This is performed on a modified surgical table, allowing surgeons to make shorter incisions and no muscle cutting. Many patients’ recovery times are nearly cut in half when the anterior approach is used and virtually all patients enjoy a faster return to function.