Advanced surgical treatment methods
Joint replacement – also called total or partial knee arthroplasty – may be recommended when other non-surgical treatment methods are ineffective at managing the pain and symptoms associated with arthritis and other conditions.
During a joint replacement procedure, an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. This artificial joint – called a prosthesis – is made of a combination of metal and plastic materials. The procedure generally takes a few hours, as the orthopedic surgeon must completely remove the damaged cartilage and bone and carefully insert a joint-shaped prosthesis.
After surgery, you may experience temporary pain, but your doctor will recommend that you maintain physical activity to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joint. Most people who undergo joint replacement surgery regain complete movement and are able to return to their old lifestyle before arthritis.
Comprehensive care for Joint Replacement program
The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model aims to support better and more efficient care for beneficiaries undergoing hip and knee replacements, the most common inpatient surgeries. This model tests bundled payment and quality measurement for an episode of care associated with hip and knee replacements to encourage hospitals, physicians, and post-acute care providers to work together to improve the quality and coordination of care from the initial hospitalization through recovery.
West Jefferson Medical Center – as well as all hospitals in the New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area – participates in this program. We believe that this approach to hip and knee treatment helps ensure that all patients receive the comprehensive care they need and deserve.