Any decision to have surgery should not be taken lightly, and knee and hip replacement surgeries are no exception. Here's how to know whether it's time to consider it:
- You have knee or hip pain that keeps you awake, or awakens you at night.
- You have knee or hip pain that limits activities necessary to go about your daily routine, such as getting up from a chair, climbing stairs or getting in and out of a car.
- You have knee or hip pain that limits activities that give you pleasure (such as walking for exercise, traveling or shopping).
- You have tried medication for a reasonable period of time, and you still have persistent pain.
Have a discussion with your physician. If you and your doctor decide you should have a new joint, Mercy Total Joint Care Center has a proven approach to joint replacement surgery that has improved the quality of life for hundreds of area residents. From the day the decision is made to replace your joint to your final checkup, you will receive exceptional service and support from our dedicated staff.
People who have joint replacement surgery at hospitals with a low surgical volume have a higher risk of complications after surgery. Mercy Medical Center does more knee and hip replacement surgeries than any other Siouxland hospital and has attained national recognition for joint replacement procedures.
HealthGrades, the nation's leading source for health care quality information, gives Mercy five stars - the highest rating possible - for knee replacement surgery in 2011. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield named Mercy a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement in 2010. Blue Distinction is a nationwide program that creates an unprecedented level of healthcare transparency for consumers and providers.
The recognition from HealthGrades and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield gives our patients the assurance that the care they will receive at Mercy's Total Joint Care Center is exceptional. We are proud to provide this level of care to our community and we are here to help you achieve your goals of improved health and mobility.
For more information about the Total Joint Care Center at Mercy, call: 712-279-2231 or 1-800-352-3559 ext. 2231.