At Redwood Area Hospital, you will work with a team of professionals committed to helping you restore your quality of life with joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation. Redwood Area Hospital has developed an extended partnership with the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic [hyperlink] based in Mankato, to provide your total joint replacement surgery.
Total joint replacements will be performed by orthopaedic specialists, Dr. Edwin Harrington and Dr. Paul Matson. The two orthopaedic specialists already have a practice established at Redwood Area Hospital and have been seeing patients and performing other orthopaedic surgeries at the local hospital for many years.
To set up an appointment with Dr. Harrington or Dr. Matson, call Redwood Area Hospital’s Convenient Care department at 507-637-4631. The physicians do not require referrals, but some insurance companies do require prior authorization for specialty care. The hospital’s convenient care team can help you through the process when you call for an appointment.
Before your surgery, our total joint replacement team personally meets with each patient to discuss personal goals and expectations of their joint replacement. We take the time to educate everyone involved throughout the entire process in order to achieve the best outcomes for each patient. To help you prepare, you will receive a joint replacement handbook, specifically tailored to your experience at Redwood Area Hospital.
Your healthcare team will work with your orthopedic surgeon and primary physician to help you through your journey—from preparing for surgery through your recovery at home. You’ll be supported by an entire team focused on your joint replacement care, including physicians, nurses, social worker, patient care coordinators, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
The day of surgery
On the day of your procedure, you will check in at the registration desk, which is located at the East Entrance on Fallwood Road. Please bring an adult with you to stay at the hospital during your procedure and recovery period.
You will be prepared for surgery in your inpatient room. This includes starting your I.V. When the surgical team is ready, you will be taken to the operating room. Surgery time varies from 2 to 3 hours. The surgeon will talk with your family when the surgery is over.
Following surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where you may remain for about an hour. During this time pain control is established, your vital signs will be monitored, and an x-ray will be taken of your new joint.
After your initial recover period you will be taken you to your room where a nurse will care for you. Most of the discomfort occurs during the first 12 hours following surgery, so during this time your pain will be closely monitored.
Most patients are hospitalized for approximately four days after surgery and can go directly home after being discharged. Some patients may transfer to the hospital’s swing bed program or to a nursing home if additional care is needed.
Patients who choose to have their joint replacement surgery at Redwood Area Hospital experience continuous rehabilitation care, preoperatively through recovery. Because there is no delay in rehabilitation, patients results have shown a better range of motion one week after surgery, putting them that much closer to achieving their recovery goals.
You will work with the rehabilitation team for about six weeks following your surgery to achieve the best range of motion for your joint and help you get back to living a life without that pain that may have limited your activity before.
The first few days after surgery are filled with a lot of activity as you learn to use your new joint. Family and friend support is essential to your healthy recovery, but should be balanced with your need for rest. The hospital is a place for you to rest and recover so that you can build up your strength to return home. For this reason, you may prefer to ask visitors to see you and your family after you go home.
Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicaid, and private insurance companies encourage the use of short stay choices since they are cost-reducing alternatives and are also more convenient for the patient.
It is your responsibility to:
- Notify your insurance company before your admission and
- Obtain necessary prior authorization
To take advantage of same day services, you must actively participate in your own care. Carefully follow the instructions your physician and the hospital staff give you.