Only board-certified orthopaedic surgeons perform all joint replacement surgeries at Baptist Medical Center. Use the Orthopedic Surgeons link to meet our surgeons and see their video bios.
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Hospitalist -Doctors whose primary professional focus is hospital medicine are called hospitalists. Most hospitalists see patients throughout the continuum of hospital care. There are a team of hospitalists on staff at Baptist Medical Center. If you do not have a primary care provider, or he/she does not have staff privileges at Baptist, you may be seen by one of our hospitalists. He or she may evaluate you before surgery for medical clearance, then manage any medical issues throughout the hospital stay.
The Nurse Manager and Clinical Director of the Orthopaedics unit are Registered Nurses with advanced education and experience. They are responsible for the daily management of patient care, nursing and support staff activities, and the overall operating functions of the patient care units assigned to them. They focus on high quality patient care, personnel management and development, business administration of the patient care units, and facilitating collaborative relationships with physicians and other services. The Nurse Manager and Clinical Director are located on the Orthopaedics Unit and are available to speak to our patients and their families about any concerns.
The therapists at Baptist Medical Center participate in the Joint Replacement Orientation class before surgery. The physical therapists will treat joint replacement patients twice each day while in the hospital. They teach our patients the appropriate exercises and how to perform those exercises properly. The physical therapist will also emphasize patient education and home exercises which enables our patients to actively participate in their rehabilitation after surgery.
An occupational therapist assesses a patient's ability to perform functional daily living activities, such as the ability to dress, prepare meals, transfer in and out of the shower or bathtub, etc. An occupational therapist will evaluate your ability to perform these activities of daily living and show you different ways of taking care of yourself while following the precautions set forth by your doctor.
An anesthesiologist is a medical doctor trained to administer anesthesia and manage the medical care of patients before, during, and after surgery. A CRNA is an advanced practice registered nurse who is specially trained to perform surgical anesthesia under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist or CRNA will meet with you on the day of surgery to discuss anesthesia options and answer any questions.
To assist patients with any needs they may have prior to discharge from the hospital, Baptist provides a registered nurse to serve as the case manager for joint replacement patients. The case manager may interact with insurance companies or other facilities if additional care is needed.
Additionally, Baptist's clinical staff in the operating room (OR) and recovery room (PACU)--for patient care immediately following surgery--consists of nurses and surgical technologists dedicated to joint replacement surgery patients.
After leaving the PACU, patients receive care on Baptist's orthopaedic unit. This unit is staffed by nurses and support staff who are experienced in caring for joint replacement patients.
For more information about the Joint Replacement program at Baptist, send email to:
Or, call the Baptist Health Line at 601-948-6262 or 1-800-948-6262.
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