St. Mary’s has the largest hip and knee replacement program in Dane County, performing more than 400 hip replacements and more than 600 knee replacement surgeries each year. That translates to expertise and experience you can count on.
St. Mary’s and Dean Clinic together have earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement. Our doctors, nurses and other staff met and exceeded the high standards of care for joint replacement patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
Hips and knees often steal the show for the branch of medicine called orthopedics, but St. Mary’s orthopedic specialists provide expertise for the entire skeletal system and the muscles, joints and ligaments associated with it. We treat a wide range of diseases, conditions and reconstructive needs both surgically and medically, with specialists in:
- upper limbs, from hands to shoulders
- foot and ankle issues
- emergencies with trauma to the bones
- total joint replacements
- sports medicine
Even if your procedure doesn't require an overnight stay in the hospital, your health care team will include our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, physician assistants, skilled nurses who specialize in orthopedic care, physical and occupational therapists and care managers and/or social workers. In addition, we highly recommend that a family member or friend be part of your care team—to help “coach” you during recovery and rehabilitation.
One of the most effective predictors of success in recovery is the patient’s active participation in the process. For those with planned surgeries, preparation beforehand is key. Those who work on getting stronger before surgery, and who are already in the habit of doing prescribed exercises, do the best in resuming normal activities. Some patients may require a stay at a nursing facility or the use of adaptive equipment such as a walker. The health care team will determine what’s needed based on your individualized needs, providing the best chances for your success.
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