The Place to Go for Joint Replacement
Choosing the right hospital for a total hip or knee replacement is no small decision. It's not uncommon for individuals who know they need surgery to put it off—either out of fear of what the procedure and recovery will entail, or because they aren't sure how to pick the best hospital.
But for many DC-area residents, the Center for Joint Replacement at Virginia Hospital Center has been an easy choice. The Center recently received the Gold Seal™ from The Joint Commission for Joint Replacement (hip and knee) Certification in recognition of its high standards. The designation signifies adherence to stringent national protocols for excellence in rehabilitation, pain management and nursing care.
Every member of the team— including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, OR staff and physical therapists —has special training in orthopedics. All joint replacement surgeries performed at the Center are musclesparing, minimally invasive techniques involving small incisions. The result is faster recovery.
"The average length of stay for the 50 or so patients who come here each month for hip or knee replacement is three days," says Medical Director David W. Romness, MD. "Our pain control protocol is what makes this possible. We use preemptive and multimodal pain care to keep patients comfortable while ensuring the best outcomes."
Creating a positive experience from beginning to end is a high priority, and patient empowerment is an important part of that equation. Patient education ensures that individuals scheduled for joint replacement know what to expect at every point in the process, from pre-operative screenings, to surgery, to post-op recovery. "Patients also attend a discharge class to make sure they have the utmost confidence about going home," says Dr. Romness.