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Joint Wellness Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Joint Wellness Program is designed to provide comprehensive care for patients who undergo joint replacement. Our patient-centered and compassionate approach can help you return to normal, active living. 

Our program features a designated unit within the hospital that includes all private rooms. We offer one-day joint replacement, anterior hip replacement, joint revision surgery​ and more. Your care is delivered by a dedicated staff specially trained in orthopaedics. A Joint Wellness coordinator will visit with you to assist in meeting your needs. 

Program Features

Our goal is to make your stay a comfortable experience while working with you to get you back to an active lifestyle.

  • One-day joint replacement discharge for eligible patients.
  • Area dedicated specifically for patients having joint replacement surgery.
  • A family member or friend can be your designated coach to help speed your recovery and assist with therapy.
  • Dedicated staff trained to work with joint replacement patients.
  • Back in casual clothes soon after surgery.
  • Frequent updates of events and procedures.
  • Group exercises.
  • Education sessions.
  • Coordinated care after discharge.
  • Written instructions​

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Arthritis

About 15 percent of people who have inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis also have enteropathic arthritis, which is linked with gastrointestinal inflammation, says Themistocles Dassopoulos, MD, medical director of the Baylor Scott & White Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

There are two major types of enteropathic arthritis:

  • Peripheral arthritis generally affects large peripheral joints, such as elbows, shoulders, knees and ankles. Unlike osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, this arthritis doesn’t lead to joint deformities, but it can cause severe joint pain, swelling and redness.
  • Central arthritis affects the spine and the sacroiliac joints—between the base of the spine and the pelvis—and can lead to spinal fusion.

Because non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin and ibuprofen) can worsen the bowel inflammation, acetaminophen is a better choice for joint pain relief.

Several new medications can treat both the bowel disease and the associated arthritis, says Steve Appleton, MD, an orthopedic joint surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center.

Along with arthritis, the inflammatory bowel diseases are linked with autoimmune conditions of organs such as the eyes, liver and skin.​

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