There’s no place like home. Your recovery is our goal.
The Orthopedic Specialists of Glens Falls Hospital have a combined total of 100+ years of experience performing total joint replacements. Our total joint team at the hospital works closely with the surgeons to optimize patients prior to surgery so they can achieve optimal outcomes and enjoy their new joint for years to come. We offer several patient-centered programs to ensure that our patients receive the very best experience and outcomes from their orthopedic surgeries. With the help of these programs, we are able to return our patients home safely, sooner. Our patients often report faster recovery times and increased restoration of function and mobility when they participate in these programs.
The Total Joint Program strives to give our patients in need of total joint replacement an exceptional patient experience through all phases of care, from the time surgery is scheduled until the patient returns home and is recuperating. Our goal is to provide patient-centered care where the patient is an active participant in their treatment plan and recovery.
Glens Falls Hospital’s Total Joint Program is unique from other hospitals in the area. Our orthopedic nurse navigator, Samanntha Murray, BSN, RN, coordinates the patient’s care before, during and after surgery and acts as a point of contact for any questions or concerns patients or their families may have. Surgery can be an overwhelming process. Samanntha guides the patient through the total joint experience to make patients feel at ease. We have found that patients who take an active role in their care report having a very positive surgical experience and earlier return to the active lifestyle. Samanntha plays a large role in guiding our patients through the surgical process to ensure a positive experience throughout.
The Total Joint Program includes:
Total Joint Class
This free class features surgical and floor nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and care managers to help you prepare for your surgery. This class is designed to empower patients with the knowledge they need to shorten their healing time and provides an opportunity to clarify any questions or concerns you might have about your procedure or recovery. You will be introduced to exercises, tips, and activities that will help to enhance your recovery and ensure lasting success.
We highly recommend that you choose a “joint coach” and bring them with you to the class. This “joint coach” is with you before and after surgery and can be a second set of eyes and ears when gathering information that will enable you to have an outstanding surgical experience.
Prehab and Wellness Center Programs
Studies show that patients recover from surgery faster if they prepare their bodies prior to surgery. Those who participate in an exercise program prior to surgery typically spend less time in the hospital and are less likely to need expensive home care after their surgery. Presurgical programs, or Prehab, focus on range of motion, strengthening, flexibility, and aerobic training. The ideal time to start a presurgical or Prehab program is six weeks prior to surgery.
Pre-Booking Your Post-Surgical Physical Therapy
Physical therapy after total joint replacement surgery is essential to a successful recovery. Our services consistently exceed national standards for functional improvement and patient satisfaction with function and overall services for orthopedic conditions as measured by UDS Lifeware.
We offer the option of scheduling physical therapy services prior to surgery at all therapy locations. Simply call any of the therapy locations and ask to prebook your Total Joint Replacement therapy. Pre-booking your therapy assures you more flexibility to schedule times that are convenient for you and also increases the ability to be scheduled with a consistent team of therapists.
Total Joint Camp
This program, utilizing a team-based approach to your care, improves your chance of a full and speedy recovery. It includes physical therapy services with a combination of both traditional land-based treatments and aquatic therapy when your incision is fully healed