A Lifespan Physician Group Practice
Total Joint Program at Newport Orthopedics
Blue Distinction Center
In 2017, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island named Newport Hospital a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement. Based on objective clinical measures, this distinction recognizes the hospital’s expertise in delivering quality care and improved patient safety, resulting in better outcomes for patients.
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Welcome to our Total Joint Program, where we focus on a personalized patient experience, from initial consultation through recovery. Our program takes a unique approach, using the innovative “enhanced recovery after surgery” (ERAS) protocol, a holistic strategy to better prepare you for surgery, support you during surgery, and expedite your recovery after surgery. Our focus is on “prehab” as well as rehab, so that you go in to surgery healthy, physically and mentally prepared, and positioned for a fast recovery.
Our Total Joint Program is also the only one in Rhode Island to employ Radlink imaging technology during hip and knee replacement operations, ensuring more accurate implant placement and less time in surgery.
In the Total Joint Program at Newport Hospital, we perform upper and lower joint replacement procedures.
In total knee replacement, the surgeon removes the damaged surfaces of the bones in the joint and fits replacement components into place. The knee implant consists of three pieces made of metal and rugged high-density plastic. The surface of the femur (thigh bone) is replaced with a rounded metal component that matches the curve of the natural bone. The end of the tibia (shin bone) is replaced with a flat metal component that holds a smooth piece of plastic as substitute for the cartilage. The undersurface of the patella (kneecap) may also be replaced with an implant made of polyethylene. The replacement appears and functions much like a normal knee. After surgery, the patient will recover most of the normal range of motion of the knee, from extension (straight leg) to flexion (bent leg).
In total hip replacement, the orthopedic surgeon removes bone and cartilage in a damaged hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint made of metal and rugged high-density plastic. This implant comprises a prosthetic ball and socket, and mimics the structure and motion of the natural hip joint. Followed by rehabilitative therapy, it helps people with significant damage to the hip joint, usually alleviating pain and restoring the joint's range of motion.
Shoulder replacement is most commonly used to treat degenerative joint disease, such as osteoarthritis, severe rotator cuff tears, rheumatoid arthritis, posttraumatic conditions, and avascular necrosis, among other problems. Most patients undergoing shoulder replacement surgery — those with little or no damage to the rotator cuff — benefit from traditional total shoulder replacement. Patients who suffer from severe arthritis combined with a severely torn rotator cuff receive a reverse total shoulder replacement, which switches the position of the ball and socket. These shoulder surgeries may relieve pain and restore function.