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A Team Approach to Joint Replacement

The KishHealth System Joint Center in DeKalb is the region’s most successful joint replacement program because it relies on evidence-based practices. Studies show that complications are reduced and outcomes maximized when a joint replacement patient understands the procedure, starts physical therapy the same day as surgery, receives support from friends and family, and continues recuperating at home and with outpatient physical therapy.

The joint replacement program at Kishwaukee Hospital is different from others in northern Illinois for the following reasons:

  • Research-Based Practices: Orthopedic surgeons use the latest evidence-based joint replacement procedures.
  • Advanced Training: The clinical team of nurses and physical therapists has advanced training in the care and rehabilitation of joint surgery patients.
  • Patient Education: You attend a pre-operative educational program 2-3 weeks prior to surgery to ensure they understand the procedure and know what to expect:
    • Includes a tour of the Joint Center Unit and Group Activity Room inside Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb 
    • Provides an overview and demonstration of pre-operative exercises
    • Allows you to speak with Joint Center team members and ask questions
    • Explains the role of the personal coach (We strongly recommend coaches attend the pre-operative class for this reason.)
  • Group Emphasis: Pre- and post-operative education and inpatient therapy takes place in a group setting to foster support and encouragement among patients:
    • You and your coach participate in post-operative group physical therapy at the Joint Center
    • You eat meals with your coaches and with other patients who had the same procedure (for example, knee replacement surgery patients rehab and eat meals together)
    • You and your coach are invited to attend a reunion luncheon with other patients/coaches from their group in order to share your experience with staff and physicians
  • Ongoing Support: Family members are trained to be personal coaches to help patients during the rehabilitation process and assist them at home.
  • Better Outcomes: Whenever possible, Joint Center patients are discharged within three days after surgery to their homes rather than to an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Contact Us

Make an appointment with our Joint Care Coordinator to learn more about our patient-centered process for joint replacement surgery or to schedule a tour.

Dave Smith, Joint Care Coordinator


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