Orthopedic Services

Baton Rouge General is home to some of the area's finest general surgeons and orthopedic specialists. With its full-service orthopedics program, we offer both inpatient and outpatient services and are fully equipped with the latest technology and a team of experts ready to help you heal and achieve your recovery goals.

The orthopedic surgery team includes board certified surgeons, registered nurses, surgical assistants, occupational therapists and physical therapists with specialty training and years of experience in orthopedic surgery, recovery and rehabilitation. We do more than 2,000 orthopedic procedures a year, including arthroscopic diagnosis and treatment, joint replacements for knees, hips and shoulders, complex hand surgeries and a full range of treatments for acute and chronic injuries.

Advanced Technology
The General has advanced surgical facilities at both our Mid City and Bluebonnet locations. One tool that has become extremely useful during surgery is the Stryker computer navigation system, which allows the surgeon to make more exact placements of the joint replacement implant for knees and hips.

Common Orthopedic Procedures
  • Sports Injuries
  • Arthroscopies of Knees, Shoulders, Ankles and Wrists
  • Tendon and Nerve Repairs
  • Repair of Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Bunionectomies, Hammer Toe Corrections and other Foot Surgeries
  • Shoulder Repairs
  • Repair of Bone Fractures, including trauma
  • Joint Replacement – Knees, Hips, Shoulders and Fingers
  • Repair of Hip Fractures
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Removal of Ganglion Cysts
  • Other Hand and Wrist Surgeries
There’s more to orthopedic surgery than the procedure itself. Baton Rouge General provides the full continuum of specialized care and services that orthopedic patients need before, during and after surgery – and gives patients the comfort of seeing the same familiar, friendly faces at every step.
  1. Preoperative - Joint Success Program
  2. Joint Replacement Surgery
  3. Postoperative - After Surgery Care

For more information on the orthopedic services at Baton Rouge General, please call (225) 763-4140 or email ortho@brgeneral.org.

Baton Rouge General has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for quality and efficiency in Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care, which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety, as well as new cost-efficiency measures.

Baton Rouge General offers free educational classes before procedures for joint replacement patients and their families. The Joint Success Seminar at Baton Rouge General will help patients and families learn exactly what to expect from surgery, the issues that may arise after surgery and the care options they have along the way.

This session will also give you the opportunity to meet the care team members who will be working with you during your stay.

Class schedule 2017
Click one of the available class dates below to register.

January 3
January 17
February 14
February 28
March 14
March 28
April 11
May 9
May 30
June 6
June 20
July 25
August 8
August 22
September 5
September 19
October 3
October 24
November 14
November 28
December 12

Attending a Joint Success Seminar is required for patients who are about to undergo joint replacement surgery. If you are unable to attend a seminar due to physical limitations you may download our Joint Success Program educational materials. Please contact us in order to receive downloading instructions.

Due to arthritis or injury, you may find it hard for you to perform simple activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. You may even begin to feel pain while you are sitting or lying down. How you and your doctor decide upon treatment depends on things such as your age, your activity level, and the degree of pain and disability you are experiencing. If nonsurgical treatments like medications and using walking supports are no longer helpful, you may want to consider knee or hip replacement surgery.

Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement is a surgical procedure for replacing the hip joint. During the surgical procedure, the hip socket and the head of the thighbone (femur) are removed and replaced with smooth artificial surfaces. Total hip replacements are usually performed for severe arthritic conditions, but can also be necessary for other problems, such as hip fracture or a vascular necrosis.

Total Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure that involves removing the knee joint and replacing it with metal and plastic surfaces. This is most commonly performed due to an arthritic knee in which the smooth surface cartilage has worn away and bone is rubbing against bone. When this happens, significant pain and deformity will result. Generally when pain is severe enough to restrict work, recreation, and activities of daily living, a knee replacement is necessary.

Patients who are undergoing Joint Replacement Surgery are required to attend a Joint Success Seminar to learn about what they can anticipate before, during and after surgery. 

To learn more about what you can expect from your surgery, click here or visit our Joint Replacement FAQs page.

If you are interested in Joint Replacement, fill out the form below and someone will contact you.

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Rehabilitation begins during your hospital stay. Our physical and occupational therapists will get you out of bed and moving again the day after surgery to take you through the stretches and exercises that will help you regain your range of motion and resume normal activities as quickly as possible.

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation: For postoperative orthopedic patients with complex conditions (orthopedic trauma, bilateral joint replacement, etc.) who meet criteria for needing a more intense rehabilitation, the General is equipped for therapy in a more intimate inpatient setting.
  • Skilled Care Unit: Skilled Care is a higher level of care than home care, but less acute than a traditional hospital floor, for our patients who aren’t quite ready to go home.
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation: Most patients find benefits from continuing therapy after they have left the hospital. Our therapists will evaluate your progress over time, helping you toward your goal every step of the way. You will likely spend at least two days each week in therapy until your goals have been achieved.

After surgery and rehabilitation, it is important for patients to avoid injury to your new joint. Learn how to protect yourself and avoid falls.