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Highlighting Your Health: Total joint replacement improves lives

January 01, 2020 posted by Vidant Health News

Joint pain is a common part of aging and though it can be reduced with medication, physical therapy or other treatments for some, others need a more permanent solution — joint replacement surgery.

While the prospect of surgery may seem daunting, Vidant Health offers a continuum of care for its patients that sees them through the process. From pre-operation consultations to post-operative therapy, Vidant offers structured support to its patients.

“Vidant looks at best-practice models but also cross-continuum care,” said Pamela Cowin, administrator for transitional care at Access East. “We focus on what patient care is essential and needed, starting before they ever have the surgery. We support the patient before they reach the surgeon’s office, through the surgery and after they go home. We want them to not only get back to their lives, but also have a high quality of life.”

Vidant’s total joint replacement program is under the Comprehensive Joint Replacement (CJR) model and aims to offer affordable, high-quality care. The model, which includes knee, hip, shoulder, and ankle replacement, helps ensure everyone on the care team is working together and keeping care close to home, said Dr. Deanna Boyette, orthopedic surgeon and chief of orthopedics for Vidant.

Dr. Boyette said the care model is like a “choreographed symphony,” which recently earned Vidant Medical Center the Premier Award for Excellence in Joint Care.

“Even before you need a joint replacement we want to meet you, we want to talk with you, we want to get your weight controlled and we want your quality of life to improve,” said Dr. Boyette. “We’ve worked very hard in the last few years to streamline our joint replacement program.”

The improvements made in technology and procedures have allowed most patients to resume daily activates following their surgery. Developments also includes a reduced use of narcotics for patients, leading to less pain during recovery, Boyette said.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, total joint replacements are one of the most cost-effective and successful interventions in medicine.

To learn more about joint replacement or to schedule a consultation, visit your local Vidant orthopedics location.

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