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The Joint Replacement Program

The Joint Replacement Program at Virginia Hospital Center - a recipient of the Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Replacement (hip and knee) from The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The program is designed to help you regain mobility and return to your activities of daily living (work, exercise, running errands, etc).

We performed more than 1000 joint surgeries in 2013. The Joint Replacement Program offers a comprehensive approach to patient care. From pre-operative testing to post-discharge phone calls, our focus on excellent surgical outcomes and outstanding patient satisfaction is paramount.

The Joint Replacement Program has an interdisciplinary approach to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcomes. Our team of dedicated surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and case managers work together to develop and implement individualized treatment plans for you.

Comprehensive Care Starts before Surgery…

Your treatment plan begins four to six weeks before the joint replacement surgery takes place. It may include the following:

  • Preoperative appointment with your surgeon
    • Finalize surgical plans
  • Preoperative appointment with your Primary Care Physician
    • Obtain pre-operative tests and medical clearance
  • Preoperative telephone interview for preoperative medical history
    • A nurse will obtain your medical history and give you individualized instructions for the day of surgery
  • Preoperative Joint Class

… and Continues Through Rehabilitation

Experience has shown that the sooner a patient begins to use a new joint, the better their overall recovery will be. Our Program is designed for you to go home two days after surgery.

The Joint Replacement Program has a dedicated therapy facility in the Orthopedic Department to ensure you get moving quickly and safely. Physical therapists work with you in the gym, assess your abilities and teach exercises and movements designed to enhance your recovery and protect your new joint. Physical therapists help address your goals for going home (getting out of bed, walking, climbing stairs, etc). You will also work with occupational therapists to learn techniques and use tools that will help you function independently with dressing and toileting.

Going Home

Discharge planning is an essential part of hospitalization. The Joint case manager coordinates services, medical equipment and care for after you leave the hospital.

Our program is designed to ensure that you are ready to be discharged two days after surgery.

Whether you go home or to another facility, our Joint Replacement Team follows up to make sure you are well on the road to recovery. While joint replacements are becoming more routine; choosing to undergo joint replacement can be challenging and intimidating. The Joint Replacement team at Virginia Hospital Center understands and will be with you every step of the way.

Total Joint Replacement Class
(Hip & Knee Only)

Are you considering or already scheduled for a knee or hip replacement?

Being prepared is the first step toward a successful surgical outcome, so be sure to attend our in-depth Total Joint Replacement Class.

It's best to take this class four to six weeks prior to your surgery.

Please bring a family member or friend who will be involved in your recovery.


Contact Info

For more information, click here or call Total Joint Patient line at 703.558.6621.

1701 N. George Mason Drive | Arlington, VA 22205-3698 | tel 703.558.5000
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