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Pain-Free After Joint Replacement

Thursday, Apr 07, 2016

When arthritis knee pain interfered with walking, sleeping and playtime with her grandchildren, Robin Morris knew it was time for joint replacement surgery at Doylestown Health's Orthopedic Institute.

"They offer the whole package – quality, convenience and a personalized approach with support from start to finish," says Robin, 69, a retired dental office manager. "I've seen first-hand the level of excellence they maintain. I knew I'd be treated like a priority."

Robin's Story: Living Pain-Free [Video]

A Patient-First Approach

"Orthopedic patient navigator Pam DiPietro was with me every step of the way," says Robin, who had both knees replaced at the same time. The navigator coordinates the individualized care plan for each patient, which includes a therapy plan to speed recovery. In Robin's case, therapy included "prehab" exercises to strengthen thigh muscles before surgery, post-surgery inpatient care at MossRehab at Doylestown Hospital, and outpatient physical therapy.

Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Thomas Vikoren, MD, performed Robin's bilateral knee replacement. "Dr. Vikoren was upbeat and positive, and with me before, during and after the surgery," says Robin. "The relationships with my doctors, nurses and the hospital staff gave me confidence. I can't say enough about the orthopedic nurses. My care was excellent, and they were very conscientious."

"Getting to know patients on a personal level helps me as a surgeon and is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work," says Dr. Vikoren, "It's wonderful to be a part of helping someone who is debilitated by arthritis."

Shortly after surgery, Robin was able to return to her active lifestyle, including volunteer work in Same Day Surgery at Doylestown Hospital.

"I'm happy to see Robin enjoying what she loves – being active and busy and helping people," says Dr. Vikoren. "She's even become a Joint-to-Joint volunteer, sharing her experience with others as they prepare for joint replacement."

"Having my knees replaced at Doylestown Health is the best thing I've ever done for myself," says Robin, adding, "I stayed close to home and had the support of my family during recovery. Best of all – no more pain!"

Best Practices for Outstanding Outcomes

With care plans following the latest, proven medical advances, Orthopedic Institute patients benefit from fewer complications, shorter lengths of stay and the ability to go directly home after surgery. Joint pain is treated with non-surgical and surgical approaches, as well as minimally invasive procedures and a gentle approach where cutting muscle is avoided.

Fellowship-trained surgeons perform surgeries and associated care, while experienced nurses and therapists combine compassion with intensive training to deliver seamless, coordinated care in all-private rooms on the Orthopedic Unit.

Doylestown Health is charter member of the American Joint Replacement Registry, an independent, not-for-profit database of joint replacement information that helps doctors ensure high quality care, excellent surgical experiences and the best possible outcomes for patients.

Convenience is Key

Patients find the quality they want and the support they need in the Orthopedic Institute's beautiful, suburban location where parking is easy and there's no need to battle traffic. Scheduling appointments is easy, too, with same- and next-day availability.

Recognized for Quality

Among the Orthopedic Institute's quality designations are a Certification of Distinction from the Joint Commission in the Management of Joint Replacements of the Knee and Hip, and the Independence Blue Cross Blue Distinction Center+ designation for Knee and Hip Replacement for implementing robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety, as well as new cost-efficiency measures.

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