The Orthopedic Surgeons of Oregon Medical Group treat patients for arthritis of the knee, hip and shoulder joints. If conservative care has failed, we may recommend a joint replacement.
Joint replacement is a major operation. We recommend a physical by your primary care physician to make sure you are healthy enough for surgery. Once you talk with the orthopedist, and a decision is made for surgery, these appointments will be scheduled:
- An educational meeting at McKenzie Willamette Hospital regarding rehabilitation after your surgery.
- If you want to give your own blood, 2 visits to the Lane Memorial Blood Bank will be scheduled, one week apart, with the last visit 2 weeks before surgery.
- A pre-operative visit with one of the physician assistants at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, to go over your health record and medications and answer questions.
- A pre-admission testing appointment at McKenzie Willamette Hospital with an anesthesiologist to review your health history and discuss anesthesia during surgery.
- For total hip replacement patients, an appointment with our Coumadin Clinic nurse to discuss a course of blood thinning medication after surgery. This medication has been shown to lower the risk of blood clots.
Your doctor will decide on the best surgical technique and implant for your joint replacement.
After hip or knee replacement surgery, you may want to consider a short stay at a nursing facility or assistance from a home health nurse. You can discuss this with your doctor.
Dr. Robb Larsen is trained in the Biomet Oxford Unicompartmental Knee System. Unicompartmental knee replacement is appropriate for some patients. It is intended to preserve the healthy knee structures, and assist to restore normal knee motion and function. For more information, click here.