Baton Rouge General is home to some of the area's finest general surgeons
and orthopedic specialists. With a 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.
Due to arthritis or injury, you may find it difficult to perform simple
activities such as walking or climbing stairs. You may even begin to feel
pain while you are sitting or lying down. Your treatment plan will depend
on issues such as your age, activity level, and the degree of pain and
disability you are experiencing. If nonsurgical treatments like medications
and 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.
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 may 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 can 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 what to anticipate before, during and after surgery.
After Surgery Care
Rehabilitation begins during your hospital stay. Our physical and occupational
therapists will get you out of bed and moving again as early as the day
of 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. We offer:
Acute Inpatient Therapy: From the day of surgery until your discharge, we provide comprehensive
therapy, both individual and group sessions, to prepare you for your transition to home.
Inpatient Rehabilitation: For postoperative orthopedic patients with complex conditions (orthopedic
trauma, bilateral joint replacement, etc.) who meet criteria for needing
a more intense rehabilitation.
Skilled Care Unit: Skilled Care is a higher level of care than home care, but less acute
than a traditional hospital floor, for 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 on your journey to recovery.
BRG Home Health: We provide high-quality home health services that include you and your
family in the healing process. You can count on us for valuable information,
guidance and 24/7 support.
After surgery and rehabilitation, it is important for patients to avoid
injury to your new joint. Learn how to
protect yourself and avoid falls.