Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital’s acclaimed orthopedic program performs 1,200 hip, knee, shoulder, spine and podiatric surgeries each year. Our program has been designated as a Blue Center of Distinction for Knee and Hip Replacement by Florida Blue and awarded the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.
Our five-star program is staffed with over a dozen orthopedic surgeons specializing in joint reconstruction, general orthopedics, sports, spine, foot and ankle, and hand surgery who operate on patients using the latest surgical techniques. Many are minimally invasive procedures, which minimize the size of incisions as well as the trauma to surrounding tissue. Our surgeons perform a wide variety of orthopedic procedures including:
Total hip replacement is heralded as one of the best man-made operations ever. A different method of performing this surgical procedure appears to have additional significant benefits for patients. The Direct Anterior Approach allows for a true muscle-sparing method. No muscles are cut or removed from their bony attachments. This has resulted in less pain, easier ability to ambulate immediately following the surgery, shorter time in the hospital, and a more rapid recovery. In fact, recovery milestones such as discontinuing a walking aid and walking distances have been noted to occur earlier in the post-operative period. It has also been demonstrated that a patient’s quality of gait returns at an earlier time than with other methods of performing this surgery, and patients’ time in the hospital is now reduced to 1-2 days. In short, the Direct Anterior Approach can provide a shorter time to reach functional milestones and a shorter time to recovery.
Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital now offers same-day joint replacement surgery. This outpatient procedure has as a number of benefits including:
To find a physician who is performing same day joint replacement, call (833) 476-2362.
Joint Program Coordinator Maria Puras, RN, guides patients through the joint replacement journey beginning with our pre-operative Joint Camp. Offered every Tuesday at 10 am, this mandatory class covers all aspects of surgery, including pre-op preparation and what to expect after surgery through discharge.
All orthopedic surgical patients recover and rehabilitate in our recently renovated Orthopedic Unit, which features 23 large, private rooms designed to meet the specific needs of orthopedic patients. Located on the hospital’s 5th floor, the Orthopedic Unit cared for 1,900 patients last year and is designated as a ‘clean floor” – patients with infections are not permitted. This restriction prevents the spread of infection and critically assists wound healing.
The hospital is a proud member of the American Joint Replacement Registry, an organization which contributes to the overall advancement of the field of orthopedics through data and data sharing. This national registry of trends and outcomes is a powerful tool that has helped improve the care of hip and knee replacement patients.