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Joint Replacement Program

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission and our vision are intertwined. The mission of PVHMC's Dedicated Joint Replacement Program is to provide innovative, high-quality, and cost-effective care to residents of the greater Pomona Valley in a compassionate manner. Our vision is to be the region's most respected and recognized leader in joint replacement surgery. Essentially, one leads to the other!

Our Holistic Approach to Joint Replacement Surgery

From orthopedic surgeons and anesthesiologists to dieticians and pharmacists, our team of experts can handle whatever problems you face. From start to finish, our team will oversee every aspect of your diagnosis and recovery.

Overview of our Joint Replacement Program

We offer a unique program in which each step is designed to encourage the best results leading to a discharge from the hospital one to two days after surgery. Features of the program include:

  • Dedicated nurses and therapists trained to work with joint patients.
  • Family and friends participating as “coaches” in the recovery process.
  • Pre-Op education course which prepares you for surgery and allows you to ask questions, called the Joint Replacement Preparation Class.
  • A comprehensive patient guide for you to follow from six weeks before surgery until three months after surgery and beyond.
  • A Nurse Practitioner who coordinates your care in the hospital stay.
  • A Nurse Clinical Coordinator who coordinates your preoperative education and care and follows up with you after discharge.

Your Joint Replacement Team

Orthopedic Surgeon

The Orthopedic Surgeon is the skilled physician who will perform the procedure to repair your damaged joint.


The anesthesiologist is the physician responsible for your anesthesia (putting you to sleep or numbing your lower body) for surgery. The anesthesiologist may also be involved in pain management issues before and after surgery.

Medical Doctor or Hospitalist

Your own primary care provider may request that a hospitalist be in charge of your care during your hospital stay. If that is the case you have the benefit of being seen by a physician whose practice is entirely focused on the care of the hospitalized patient. The hospitalist will be involved in every aspect of your hospital stay, including: collaborating with other physician specialists, nurse practitioner, case managers, nurses, therapists and others involved in your care; ordering tests, medications and treatments; Communicating regularly with you, your family and your doctors.

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced skills training and education that works with your surgeon to manage your care while you are here in the hospital. A NP can diagnose and treat health care problems, prescribe medications, order and interpret needed tests. The NP also helps in coordinating a timely discharge from the hospital.

Clinical Coordinator (CC)

The nurse Clinical Coordinator will contact you before surgery to schedule a preoperative education class. She will also act as your navigator through the course of treatment from before surgery to discharge. She will call you after discharge to check how you are doing and answer any questions.

Registered Nurse (RN)

Much of your care will be provided by a nurse responsible for your daily care. Your nurse will assure orders given by your physician or nurse practitioner are completed including medications and monitoring your vital signs.

Physical Therapist (PT)

The physical therapist plans your physical therapy rehabilitation after your total knee or hip replacement. This therapist will help you regain range of motion, muscle strength, and balance to walk safely with your new joint, as well as stair training. They will teach you how to use assistive devices such as a walker, crutches, or cane, which will be needed temporarily after your surgery. Your first PT treatment will take place on the Day of Surgery once you are able to wiggle your toes. Starting the day after surgery, you will receive PT twice a day until you are discharged from the hospital.

Occupational Therapist (OT)

The occupational therapist will guide you in performing daily tasks such as bathing and dressing with your new joint. The OT offers ideas to assist you to create a safe home environment. Adaptive equipment is used to simplify self-care tasks while conserving energy. The OT will see you once a day, starting the day after surgery, until you have mastered the skills.

Case Manager (CM)

The Case Manager (CM) will help you with the discharge process. The surgeon will order the needed durable medical equipment (DME) and Home Health Services (HHS) immediately after surgery. The CM will communicate those orders to the insurance company who will authorize or unauthorized the ordered services and equipment. The authorization is given based on your insurance policy.

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