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Orthopedic Services

At Community Hospital Anderson, we offer comprehensive inpatient care following your orthopedic surgery.

This 12-bed unit offers a dedicated staff including orthopedic certified nurses and a case manager. Our pharmacy and dietary departments work closely with the staff to facilitate your complete recovery. The physical therapists are located on the orthopedic unit, so your rehabilitation takes place right down the hall from your private room.

Additionally, the joint replacement program has received the prestigious Blue Distinction award from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. This honor is indicative of our strong commitment to quality.

Total joint replacement

It is often assumed that the aches and pains that can accompany aging are a part of the process – one that must be endured. Fortunately, this is not the case. Your joint pain may be the result of cartilage wearing away with the aging process. Cartilage is the soft tissue that provides a cushion between the bones. The loss of this tissue is called arthritis. If your pain gets to the point that it affects your ability to go about your daily life, your doctor may recommend joint replacement.

Community Hospital Anderson’s joint replacement program provides a comprehensive approach to your surgery. From your pre-admission classes t o your post surgical rehabilitation, we will be with you every step of the way to total recovery. Making the decision to have joint replacement surgery can be difficult, but it could greatly improve your quality of life.

Preparing for surgery

Prior to your surgery, you will take the pre-admission total joint class, given by the total joint express coordinator. This class will contain all of the information you need regarding preparing for your surgery, as well as what to expect afterward during your recovery and rehabilitation. You will be given exercises that you can do to prepare you for surgery.

Surgery

You will find close, personal attention and friendly faces to be the norm at Community Anderson – including a registered nurse (RN) for every surgical patient and a patient representative just for Surgery patients.

Our surgical infection rates are among the lowest in the state of Indiana. All our surgical technologists are certified, and all staff members are cross-trained in all surgical specialties.

We use the most up to date technology for anesthesia and pain management. Patients will meet with their anesthesiologist prior to surgery to discuss ways to decrease post-operative pain. On staff, we have a specialized anesthesiologist who performs femoral blocks for knee replacements. Using a state-of-the-art, high resolution ultrasound, this new technique allows the anesthesiologist to actually see the nerve and to surround the nerve with numbing medicine. Femoral nerve blocks dramatically decrease post-operative pain for knee replacement patients.

After your surgery

Your orthopedic certified nurses will have you up and walking around on the day of your surgery. Our inpatient physical therapy department is located on the same floor as the orthopedic unit, so your nurses and therapists will work cooperatively together to help you recover from surgery.

Throughout your stay on the orthopedic unit, you will be able to use our activity room. We offer group lunches, therapy and education sessions. The ability to share your experience and relate to other patients can be therapeutic and helpful toward your recovery.

Rehabilitation

After you have been discharged from the hospital, we offer outpatient rehabilitation services at ProCare Rehabilitation Services, located at 2519 E. 10th Street in Anderson. You can also get any required outpatient lab work completed at this location as well.

Other surgeries

In addition to total joint replacement, surgeons at Community Hospital Anderson also perform other orthopedic surgeries including laminectomy, kyphoplasty and discectomy.