Sauk Prairie Healthcare is proud to have the area’s most respected joint replacement program. Since 2008, we’ve offered a team approach to care, connecting patients with every member of their care team, as well as incorporating family involvement and group support to encourage and motivate patients in their recovery. The Joint Health Center within our new hospital includes spacious, private rooms as well as a group physical therapy room, making for a comfortable, healing environment where patients can focus on getting back on their feet.
Our Joint Health Center Features:
- Nurses, therapists and certified nursing assistants who specialize in the care of joint patients
- Private rooms
- Emphasis on group activities as well as individual care
- Family and friends educated to participate as “coaches” in the recovery process
- A Joint Care Coordinator who assists with coordinating all preoperative care and discharge planning
- A comprehensive patient guide for you to follow from six weeks pre-op until three months
- Coordinated after-care program
- Reunion luncheons for former patients and coaches
- Daily newsletters, during your hospitalization to keep you informed of the activities in the Joint Health Center
Hip Replacement Options
Sauk Prairie Healthcare’s Joint Health Center offers both total hip replacement and hip resurfacing. Many factors will determine which treatment option is best for you, including your age, bone quality and other medical conditions. Your surgeon will perform a complete evaluation and discuss your alternatives with you. With total hip replacement, the arthritic ball of the upper femur (thighbone) is removed as well as damaged bone and cartilage from the hip socket. The ball is replaced with a metal ball that is fixed solidly inside the femur. The socket is replaced with a plastic liner that is usually fixed inside a metal shell to create a smoothly functioning joint. Learn more about hip replacement options by viewing these videos.
Anterior Hip Replacement: Sauk Prairie Healthcare is among just a few hospitals in the area with orthopedic surgeons trained to perform hip replacement from the front of a patient, rather than from the side or back. The technique — anterior hip replacement — allows for hip replacement without disturbing gluteal muscles, which attach to the pelvis and femur. Learn more about anterior hip replacement.
Hip Resurfacing: Hip resurfacing is an alternative to total hip replacement for younger, active patients. It involves removing the cartilage from the surface of the femoral head and replacing it with a metal cap. Learn more about hip resurfacing.
Knee Replacement Options
Partial Knee Replacement: The partial knee implant is a unique alternative to total knee replacement. Designed to repair only the medial portion of the knee, the partial knee is less invasive than total knee replacement which typically means less post-operative pain and more rapid recovery.
Patient-Personalized Knee for Total Knee Replacement: With total knee replacement, the diseased bone and cartilage are removed and resurfaced with orthopedic implants designed to recreate the natural contours of healthy bones. Much like natural cartilage, the metal and polyethylene (plastic) implants allow the bones to smoothly glide against each other. With typical knee replacement surgery, surgeons use X-rays to choose joint replacement component sizes. During the procedure they use an assortment of instruments to verify component sizing and establish proper positioning and alignment, and sometimes instruments need to be placed inside the femur and/or tibia to assist with alignment. At Sauk Prairie Healthcare, we offer total knee replacement that utilizes a 3-D MRI of the patient’s knee to create personalized positioning guides that don’t require instrumentation of the bone canal, thus allowing for a potentially less invasive procedure. These cutting guides indicate exactly where bone cuts should be made so the knee replacement better fits the patient’s unique anatomy. This system also provides more detail and precision to the surgeon before the procedure so that he or she can efficiently plan the best position and alignment of the implant.