At Danbury Hospital, our collaborative, multidisciplinary joint replacement team offers extraordinary care. Many of our board-certified total joint replacement surgeons are fellowship-trained, with decades of orthopedic experience. Our team, which guided patients through 1,000 joint replacement procedures last year, also includes specialty trained nurses, operating room technicians, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists.
We provide the full continuum of care, pre-surgical through post-operative recovery, rehabilitation and beyond, including pre-admission testing in our dedicated unit, designed to meet the unique needs of joint replacement patients and families. Services include individualized patient education, nursing and anesthesia assessments, and collaboration with you on planning a pain management program for your surgical recovery.
- A care coordinator who provides education and guidance from days before surgery through your rehabilitation.
- Dedicated orthopedic operating rooms and clinical support staff.
- Dedicated orthopedic recovery unit with physician assistants, nursing and rehabilitation staff trained in the specialized care of the total joint patient.
- Sophisticated, fully digital diagnostic imaging technology
- Outpatient PT and OT.
- Collaboration with Western Connecticut Home Care (formerly DVNA) to provide specialized programs for patients undergoing joint and spine surgery.
Joint replacement procedures available at Danbury Hospital include:
- Knee replacement procedures: Our surgeons determine the best implant to give you the best comfort and regain near-normal motion. We offer:
- Complete knee replacement: In this operation, both the top and bottom of the knee joint is replaced, along with the underside of the knee cap. This is the most common total joint replacement surgery and has been the gold standard for treatment of the severely arthritic knee.
- Partial knee resurfacing: Partial knee resurfacing is an alternative to total knee replacement in certain situations. At Danbury Hospital, we offer traditional partial knee resurfacing, aa well as robotically assisted partial knee resurfacing, using the Mako robot.
- Knee replacement revision: The vast majority of joint replacement surgeries are successful but a small percentage of implants fail, requiring replacement in a second surgical procedure that is called “revision.” It's a complex procedure and not available everywhere. Our Danbury Hospital surgeons have experience performing knee revision surgeries.
- Hip replacement surgery: Our surgeons offer the full range of procedures for people suffering from pain and stiffness in their hips, including:
- Total hip replacement: A total hip replacement provides complete or nearly complete pain relief for 95-98% of patients. Most people with stiff hips before surgery will regain near-normal motion, and nearly all have improved motion.
- Hip replacement revision: The vast majority of joint replacement surgeries are successful but a small percentage of implants fail, requiring replacement in a second surgical procedure that is called “revision. It's a complex procedure and not available everywhere. Our Danbury Hospital surgeons are experienced at performing hip replacement revision surgeries.
- Shoulder replacement: We offer total shoulder replacement for people with arthritis and pain in the shoulders.The most common total shoulder replacement procedure involves replacing the arthritic joint surfaces with a highly polished metal ball attached to a stem and a plastic socket.
- Elbow replacement: A badly damaged elbow can be replaced with an artificial elbow joint; our surgeons have experience with this unusual and complex procedure.
- Ankle replacement: Total ankle replacement can be an alternative to ankle fusion for people whose pain interferes with the ability to live comfortably. Total ankle replacement removes and replaces the ankle joint with specially designed components made of a medical grade plastic, titanium and cobalt chromium alloy. For some patients, the procedure offers an alternative to ankle fusion.
- Robotically assisted joint replacement: Surgical procedures using the Mako System offer certain advantages, including better placement of the implant. At Danbury Hospital we perform robotic partial knee replacements and hip replacements when indicated.