Augusta Health has a new place to treat patients with painful issues in their knees, hips and shoulders, and them the guidance they need.
Whether it's years of an active lifestyle or arthritis, when patients run out of options to deal with their joint pain, it can be overwhelming to think about going through a partial or full replacement. Now, Augusta Health says its fresh approach should alleviate some of that fear and guide patients through the process.
At the Augusta Health Joint Center, from a patient's first visit all the way through surgery and recovery, hospital workers assist them in navigating the system. Patients will begin the process of replacing a hip, knee or shoulder by meeting with the physician, then taking an education class. The new environment will also facilitate interaction among patients as they undergo treatment.
"It's a very daunting thought to replace a joint for most patients. But it really is very routine here. We do several hundred joint replacements every year here at the hospital so it is quite a routine procedure,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Pereles.
NBC29 spoke with patients who have already progressed through the new program. One man was recovering after a double knee replacement just two weeks ago and he was in good spirits and walking around.
The joint care center is on the first floor of the patient tower off the main hospital entrance.
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