Orthopaedic Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend
Eliminate Pain, Increase Mobility
Surgeons at St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend combine a personalized approach to patient care with a passion for information and innovation. Their goal is to offer patients the latest surgical and recovery options based on their unique needs. Bilateral knee replacement
, Gender-specific care and best-practice pain control techniques are just a few examples of how our physicians search out the best way to care for each patient.
Our staff are with you and your family every step of the way before and after surgery to teach and plan, ease your anxiety, and speed your recovery.
Preparing for Surgery and Recovery – Confidence through Education
Successful knee replacement, hip replacement and other orthopaedic surgery begins well before admission. During a “pre-op” visit to the hospital prior to their procedure, patients get to know their surgical team and learn what to expect before, during and after surgery. Patients meet with anesthesia staff to go over pain management plans, learn about the procedure and recovery, take a tour and complete pre-surgical testing. To start planning for post-surgery care, patients are also evaluated by a physical therapist and seen by the case manager who will develop their discharge plans. Learn more about our pre-surgical education
Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement and Shoulder Replacement Surgery
The number of knee replacement and hip replacement surgeries performed at St. Joseph’s Hospital has doubled in the last three years. Joint surgery options offered at St. Joseph’s include:
The materials used in joint replacement procedures have evolved over the years, allowing patients to benefit from their new joint for longer periods of time. In most cases, a joint replacement should last for up to 20 years or even longer.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Orthopaedic surgeons use minimally invasive techniques for surgeries that do not require a large incision. While not every patient is a candidate for a minimally invasive approach, surgeons plan procedures to use the smallest incision possible for each case. For instance, minimally invasive hip replacement surgery involves using a 3-inch incision or less, rather than the 8- to 12-inch incision traditionally required. A smaller incision generally results in less pain and bleeding, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
Spinal and Back Surgery
Spinal surgery, including laminectomies and fusion, are performed at St. Joseph’s by a neurosurgical spine specialist. These procedures can ease back pain and restore feeling and function to arms and legs. When performed using minimally invasive techniques, the procedures are often conducted on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia, bringing quick relief and patient satisfaction.
Men and women are built differently, move differently and are proportioned differently. So, it makes sense to consider gender-specific options when planning surgery and recovery. For instance, St. Joseph patient Mary Kuester benefited from a knee implant designed specifically for women – slimmer than a standard knee implant and better fitting for a woman’s knee anatomy. Read Mary's story.
To help patients regain maximum strength and function after orthopaedic surgery, rehabilitation is critical. Inpatient physical and occupational therapy begins as soon as possible while patients are still in the hospital. Outpatient rehabilitation is offered at the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Centers, located in West Bend, Jackson and Menomonee Falls. Learn more about rehabilitation