A body’s ability to move—and move without pain—can be affected by injuries, normal wear and tear, inflammation and other conditions related to muscles, bones and joints. When your body needs expert attention to restore its ability to function, you can count on the experienced orthopedics team at St. Bernards. From diagnosis to treatment, our supportive team will guide you every step of the way, including physical therapy and surgery, if needed.
Total Joint Advantage
The Total Joint Advantage program prepares total joint replacement patients for surgery and supports them through the entire process—helping to speed up the rehabilitation process and enabling a quicker return to being active.
It’s a team approach that begins the moment a patient makes the decision to have a joint replaced and one that includes the patient's family, surgeon, primary doctor, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses and joint coordinator. Patients also benefit from the natural support system and camaraderie created by having multiple patients take part in the program’s coordinated education and rehabilitation activities.
Patients receive the highest quality of care. Total Joint Advantage is certified by the Joint Commission and received the National Quality Approval Award.
Before joint replacement surgery, you will be scheduled for a Total Joint Education Class. As part of the class, you will receive information on joint replacement surgery and what to expect during the hospital stay, along with a pre-surgery exercise program. You will also have a chance to view equipment, discuss treatments and therapies, and meet nursing and rehabilitation representatives. Any necessary lab work*, x-rays and pre-admission testing will be scheduled at this time.
*If your physician sends you to a different lab for additional testing, please bring your lab reports to the education class. This will help speed up the admission process.
Patients are encouraged to bring along a family member or friend who will assume the role of coach through the stages of joint replacement. Your coach should be available to accompany you to the Total Joint Education Class and post-operative therapy sessions, as well as assist with your recovery at home. Your coach will serve as your primary support system, monitor your progress and help you return to normal activity.
Your Joint Coordinator
A dedicated nurse serves as the program’s joint coordinator andhelps to organize and schedule care. The joint coordinator is available to provide information and assistance before, during and after your joint replacement surgery by calling 870.897.2548.
The Hospital Stay
You’ll receive instructions on when to check in before your scheduled surgery and what type of clothing to bring for your hospital stay and rehabilitation. After surgery, you will recover from anesthesia before going to your hospital room. Within 24 hours after your joint replacement surgery, you will receive assistance to get out of bed and start walking. All joint replacement patients attend twice-daily group therapy sessions while hospitalized, sharing the rehabilitation process in a motivating atmosphere. You should expect to be discharged approximately one to two days after joint replacement surgery.
Preparing for Home
Your Total Joint Advantage Team will prepare you to safely return home and schedule your rehabilitation. Patients and coaches/family members will receive complete instructions on medications, follow-up care and a program of therapeutic exercises. Your joint coordinator will be in regular contact to monitor your progress.
For patients suffering from severe arthritis and other conditions limiting mobility, joint replacement surgery can be life-changing. The Total Joint Team will guide you to a safe return to normal activities and an improved quality of life.
To learn more about the Total Joint program, please call the Joint Coordinator at 870.897.2548.
ROSA® Knee System
You’re unique, much like your individual anatomy. That’s why St. Bernards offers the ROSA® Knee robotic technology. ROSA, which stands for Robotic Surgical Assistant, is designed to help your specially-trained surgeon tailor the placement of your knee implant just for you.
Getting a precise knee implant fit is important to your comfort and overall experience following knee replacement surgery. ROSA Knee uses data collected before and during surgery to inform your surgeon of details related to your unique anatomy that may affect your implant fit. Your surgeon can then plan and execute a personalized surgery based on your individual needs.
Ultimately, ROSA provides more accurate and less-invasive Total Knee Arthoplasty (TKA) procedures—also known as a complete knee replacements—giving patients improved outcomes and recovery times. Using ROSA, orthopedic surgeons can make bone cuts as small as a half millimeter and adjustments down to a half degree, greatly improving accuracy and, consequently, patient outcomes.
To learn more about ROSA Knee robotic technology and request an orthopedic surgeon using it, please call the St. Bernards Healthline at 870.207.7300.
Introducing mymobility™, the mobile application designed to help you prepare for hip or knee replacement surgery by giving you the ability to take an active role in your personal care and recovery process. mymobility allows you to connect with your surgeon and care team through your iPhone® and Apple Watch® before and after surgery. You’ll receive convenient reminders for tasks to be completed and encouragement throughout every stage of the process.
*You must have an iPhone 6s or later with the latest software update to use the mymobility app. You can only access the mymobility app if your surgeon uses mymobility and determines that you are an appropriate hip/knee replacement candidate. To find out if there are mymobility hip/knee replacement surgeons near you, see the ‘Contact us’ section of this website.
The promise of mymobility
Through mymobility, St. Bernards offers you a patient-centered application that serves as your surgical journey companion. mymobility is intended to help you through pre- and postoperative anxiety by providing a constant connection to your care team. Your surgeon’s care plan is programmed into the app to offer you guidance through assigned tasks and reminder notifications designed to optimize your surgical preparation and recovery.
Surgical care teams enroll you in the app during your surgical consult and provide access to your procedure-specific care plan on your iPhone and Apple Watch. Once enrolled, you will receive an email that allows you to securely set up an account, pair your devices and begin your surgical journey with the use of the mymobility app.
Through the constant connection between you and your surgical care team, mymobility allows the interaction needed to move efficiently through your personal care journey. Each day you will take an active role in optimizing your results and recovery.
The mymobility app provides tools and information that matter to you. From direct communication and remote monitoring to education, exercises and a to-do list, mymobility keeps you connected and informed.
Knowledge is power
Knowing what to expect and receiving timely reminders can help ease anxiety as you approach surgery. Your surgeon and care team will send appropriately timed information to prepare you for your upcoming joint replacement procedure. Collaboration with them through the app is designed to assist you in many ways, including:
- Understanding your condition and optimizing your health as you prepare for surgery
- Learning what to expect the day of surgery
- Steps you can take to help minimize complications after surgery and work toward regaining mobility
Your personalized care pathway
Through the mymobility app, your surgeon and care team are able to provide a customized care plan that will best fit your personal care and recovery process. To-do lists will let you know which activities have been assigned to you each day, and you will receive notifications periodically reminding you of the remaining items. Exercises are interactive, so you can follow along and note the level of difficulty with each exercise. Your progress will be tracked throughout your course of care by recording the number of completed repetitions.
Connect throughout your journey
Constant connectivity provides unmatched resources throughout your course of care. You will hear from your care team periodically throughout your surgical journey. Care plans start preoperatively and include both pre- and postoperative exercises, education and questionnaires. Reminders will be sent to your iPhone and Apple Watch for you to report to your care team about how you are doing and feeling during the process. This offers a convenient way to complete and submit surveys on time and helps members of your surgical care team stay informed so they can track your recovery progress.
Powered by data
At the end of each exercise routine, you will see a summary screen that allows you to review stats related to your overall progress. With the mymobility app, tracking your level of engagement with education and questionnaires is made easy. Data that tracks your progression is automatically sent to your surgeon’s dashboard every time you open the mymobility app, allowing you to connect to your surgeon and care team throughout every step of your surgical journey.
You will have direct communication with your surgeon and care team through the use of the app messaging feature that allows you to ask questions related to your health or medical condition, including your activity, care plan prognosis and doctor’s orders. Photos may also be shared, such as a quick snapshot of your surgical incision site for healing assessment by your surgeon and care team. The team will receive progress reports and be able to monitor your progress remotely through the use of a clinician dashboard.