Mercy Northwest opens postoperative orthopedic surgery unit



Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas has opened a 22-bed unit dedicated to the postoperative needs of patients undergoing orthopedic and spine surgery.

Mercy has also added an Orthopedic Service Line Coordinator and Pivot Nurse who help guide joint replacement patients through treatment, making sure they have scheduled appointments correctly, accompanying them throughout. throughout their surgery day and adding a layer of post-surgical checks on their progress.

“Having had knee replacement myself, I am delighted that Mercy Hospital is adding these important specialist services for patients undergoing orthopedic procedures,” said Eric Pianalto, President of Mercy Hospital. “The needs of orthopedic patients are different from those of patients recovering from illness and we believe this dedicated unit will be of great benefit to them. “

The unit has 14 dedicated beds for inpatients who typically spend a day in hospital after surgery such as knee replacement surgery. It also includes eight beds for outpatients leaving the hospital on the same day as their surgery, including patients undergoing minimally invasive hip replacement.

A unique feature is an on-unit therapy gymnasium where patients begin physical therapy almost immediately after their surgery. This encourages shorter hospital stays.

“Statistically, patients do best with a short hospital stay and recover at home, so we’re bringing them home as soon as we can,” said Lindsay Kemp, Orthopedic Services Line Coordinator. “We are very proud of our excellent patient results.

Mercy said the new unit complements the services of Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Rogers, whose team of seven surgeons and five medical assistants also provide orthopedic treatment and surgery.



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