The orthopedic experts at Ministry Medical Group in Stevens Point offer a complete, personalized program staffed by a team of orthopedic surgeons, nurses, and therapists who specialize in orthopedics, as well as a dedicated joint replacement care coordinator.
The team will work with you to customize your care and make sure that you have the right information, all the resources, and necessary support to get you moving again.
Our comprehensive hip and knee program includes:
- Education for you and your family or “coach” before surgery.
- One-on-one and group physical therapy to build strength and improve flexibility.
- Specialized nursing care
- Occupational therapists, who will work with you so that you can gain your independence as quickly as possible
- A plan for your discharge from the hospital when you are medically ready
If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. Typical hip pain is in front of the hip, and may radiate down the thigh. Some may experience pain in the buttock or side of the hip, or some only in the thigh and knee. Pain may be worse with standing, walking, or laying on your back at night. Injections are usually less effective when treating hip pain, and are used less often as compared to treating other joint pain. If medications, changes in your everyday activities, and the use of walking supports do not adequately help your symptoms, you may consider hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can relieve your pain, increase motion, and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.
First performed in 1960, hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful operations in all of medicine. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 285,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States. The Ministry Medical Group orthopedic surgical team of Todd Williams, MD, and Marcus Haemmerle, MD perform the most hip replacements in Portage County.
If your knee is severely damaged from injury or arthritis and if the pain has become unbearable, it may be time to consider knee replacement surgery. When alternative treatments such as cortisone or lubricating injections of viscosupplmentation are no longer an option, it may be time to consider knee replacement surgery.
Ministry Medical Group continues to bring the latest technologies and treatments to knee replacement surgeries. Knee replacement surgery was first performed in 1968. Since then, improvements in surgical materials and techniques have greatly increased its effectiveness. Total knee replacements are one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. The Ministry Medical Group orthopedic surgical team of Todd Williams, MD and Marcus Haemmerle, MD perform the most knee replacements in Portage County.
Joint Replacement Program
The joint replacement team at Ministry Medical Group in Stevens Point is ready to get you moving again. We will guide you through the entire joint replacement process: before, during, and after your joint replacement surgery. Our team consists of:
Our Expert Highly Trained Orthopedic Surgeons: Dr. Marcus Haemmerle and Dr. Todd Williams.
Joint Coordinator, Shawn Dombrowski, RN has 20 years of orthopedic nursing experience. Should you need joint replacement surgery, she will help you navigate through the entire surgical process.
Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists: Our experienced team is dedicated to your rehabilitation needs in the acute care setting to help get you moving again.
Nursing staff: Our staff specializes in orthopedic surgery care and is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.
Prior to having joint replacement surgery, you can expect one on one, personalized care to prepare you for your upcoming surgery.
Patients will consult with your surgeon who will answer your questions and explain the benefits and risks of joint replacement surgery.
Our Joint Coordinator will personally meet with you to explain your surgery, the recovery period, and establish a discharge plan which best meets your personal needs.
The Joint Coordinator will introduce you to the joint replacement program that includes receiving educational materials that provide you with information on what to expect with joint replacement surgery, getting ready for your surgery, your joint exercises, and pain management options.
The Joint Coordinator will also assist you in obtaining any needed equipment before your surgery.
Your Hospital Stay:
As a patient who has gone through Ministry Medical Group’s Joint Venture Program, you will receive accelerated rehabilitation from our Joint Venture Team of doctors, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and nursing staff.
You will receive individual physical therapy twice daily.
You will be closely monitored by your Joint Coordinator who will update you on your lab work, your physical progress, and assist with your discharge needs including coordinating home health, outpatient Physical Therapy, or a short term rehab stay.
As a joint replacement patient, you will receive daily newsletters that outline your activities and goals for the day.
Patients who have joint replacement surgery through Ministry Medical Group’s Joint Venture program will receive a Joint Venture t-shirt and shorts that allow you to comfortably move for therapy.
You will enjoy made to order meals during your stay, and complimentary meals will be provided for your joint replacement “coach”.
You will be closely followed by your Physician and their Physician Assistants to monitor your progress during your post-op appointments.
You will continue with your recovery and therapy as arranged. The Joint Coordinator will be available for any post-op questions or concerns.
You will receive an invitation for you and your “coach” to attend our reunion picnic where your Joint Venture Team looks forwarding to seeing you again.
Unicondylar Knee Replacement (partial knee replacement)
A unicondylar knee replacement or a partial knee replacement may be an option for some patients. Approximately 10-15% of patients may have isolated arthritis to only one area of the joint, typically the inner-side of the knee. If deemed appropriate, these patients may benefit from a partial knee replacement rather than replacing the whole knee. Advantages of this type of surgery may be a shorter hospital stay, less post-operative pain, quicker return of strength, range of motion and activity, and less risk of blood clots. Because this surgery is a minor surgery as compared to a total knee replacement, many patients say that their knee feels more “normal” than after a total knee replacement. A potential disadvantage of a partial knee replacement may be the need to convert to a total knee replacement in the future, if the other side of the joint wears down.