Our Approach to Care
St. Vincent’s provides orthopedic patients with a unique experience. Making the decision to have surgery is not an easy one and we understand that. We want our patients to be armed with information about their surgery and take that education seriously.
Your first encounter with St. Vincent’s will be well before your surgery. We begin with something called Prehab Classes. We regularly host these free sessions on each of our campuses to educate our patients about their upcoming surgery and post rehabilitation. Patients learn about their particular orthopedic surgery, the realities of recovery and exactly what will be needed to make the transition back home. We understand there is a lot of information to retain while preparing for surgery. Because of that we provide all participants with a customized booklet that details all of the information you learned in the class.
Gone are the days where patients languish in bed for days after surgery. The best medicine usually involves getting people moving fairly quickly after a procedure. At St. Vincent’s we call rehab after surgery Joint Camp. Each of our patients is given a Joint Camp uniform of sorts that consists of a comfortable t-shirt and shorts. You will join your fellow patients on the orthopedic floor for classes that get you moving and on the road to recovery. Did we mention we have a cool Joint Camp t-shirt?
St. Vincent’s has become well known for excellence in joint replacements. Our Riverside campus is consistently #1 in the state of Florida for knee replacement volume and high volume equals better outcomes. People are living longer, fuller and more active lives and need their joints to keep up, even when they wear out.
719,000 knee replacements are performed in the U.S. each year according to the Centers for Disease Control. In Florida, 38,992 are performed each year. St. Vincent’s performs 1,932 knee replacements each year. Our Riverside campus often has the highest volume in the state.
Why Get a Knee Replacement
Your knee is a hinge joint where the large bone in your lower leg (tibia) connects with the end of the thigh bone (femur). Smooth cartilage allows for the bones to glide together smoothly when you bend your knee.
Problems occur when the cartilage wears away and the two bones begin to rub against each other. As you can imagine, this becomes painful and in many cases knee replacement can alleviate and/or eliminate the pain. Surgeons replace the diseased joint with an artificial joint.
Knee replacement surgery facts.
Should I have knee replacement surgery?
There are 332,000 hip replacements done in the U.S. every year according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Why Get a Hip Replacement
The hip is a ball and socket joint. The socket or acetabulum is part of your pelvis and the ball connects to the top part of your leg bone or femur. A healthy hip has smooth cartilage that allows the ball and socket to move back and forth with ease.
Patients begin to experience pain when the cushion of the cartilage wears away and the joint bones rub against each other. Some of the time a joint replacement is needed to alleviate and/or eliminate the pain. Surgeons replace the diseased joint with an artificial joint.
Hip replacement surgery facts.
Should I have a hip replacement?
Shoulder replacement surgery is less common than knee and hip replacement. Approximately 53,000 shoulder replacements are done in the U.S. annually. Because the shoulder is not a weight-bearing joint, it does not suffer as much wear and tear as other joints. Osteoarthritis is more common in the hip and knee and that is the reason more of these joint replacements are performed.
Like the hip, the shoulder is a ball and socket joint. When cartilage wears out, the bones begin to rub together and that causes pain. Medication can relieve this for some, but not all patients. For those, shoulder replacement surgery becomes an option to relieve and/or eliminate the pain.
Shoulder replacement surgery facts.
Should I have a shoulder replacement?