Frisbie Memorial Hospital’s ‘First Steps’ joint replacement program takes a team approach— with the patient as the most important member of the team. Our goal is simple: to help you regain freedom and mobility. Frisbie’s Total Joint Replacement Center offer’s total joint replacement of the shoulder, hip (including the minimally-invasive direct anterior approach) and knee (including the ConforMIS custom fit total knee implant).
Take your ‘First Steps’ toward a more active, comfortable lifestyle.
Our ‘First Steps’ program offers a comprehensive, personalized approach to joint replacement. It begins with your one-on-one consultation with the doctor and his staff, where you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the procedure. They’ll guide you through the process, and help you become completely comfortable with the procedure, the process, and your recovery.
This one-on-one approach allows you to come to the hospital on the morning of the surgery fully understanding your role in recovery. And starting soon after surgery, you’ll be up and walking with the help of your dedicated team.
A multidisciplinary team dedicated to your recovery.
While you and your family are the most important members of the team, our entire staff will help guide you through the actual surgery, your rehabilitation, and your overall recovery. One-on-one care from experts — surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, therapists, care managers — ensure that your recovery progresses exactly the way you expect. Your team includes:
The Orthopedic Surgeon
In addition to performing the surgery, your surgeon will work with the other team members to facilitate your recovery.
Prior to your surgery, your anesthesiologist will meet with you to help you decide which type of anesthesia is best, given your medical history and physical exam.
Registered Nurses and Other Skilled Staff
Our specialists in medical-surgical care will assist you throughout your surgical experience.
The Occupational Therapist
They will meet with you before surgery to assess your physical abilities, to review any precautions and limitations, and to recommend what you will need for adaptive equipment.
They will supply you with their direct phone line to assist you with any questions you may have along the way. You’ll meet the day before surgery, the day of, and the day after, ensuring the highest level of comfort during each step of the process.
The Physical Therapist
Your therapist will perform a complete evaluation to assess any problems that you may have to develop your plan of care and goals for treatment.
The Care Manager
A resource throughout your surgical experience, your care manager will meet with you before surgery to start a discharge plan to meet your level of function, level of support, and living situation.
Solutions using the latest technology
No two joints are the same. Which is why we approach each and every joint replacement from a fresh perspective. For certain knee replacements, the implant is built to precisely match the unique size and shape of your knee.
ConforMIS knee replacements using 3D printing technology, we’re able to create a customized implant as well as one-use surgical instrumentation. The process starts with a scan of the patient’s hip, affected knee, and ankle to ensure that the leg is aligned correctly before the implant is designed. Then, the two-dimensional CT scan of the patient’s knee is converted into a 3D model that maps the surface of the joint and clearly defines the area of disease in the joint. The software then designs each customized component of the implant as well as all the instrumentation from the 3D model. The result? An implant that will last for decades.