Published on July 10, 2017

You don’t have to live with joint pain

Worn-out joints get new life at St. Mary Medical Center

Arthritis. Wear and tear. Disease. Injury.

There are plenty of problems that can lead to painful, achy joints.

Small changes may bring relief. Medications can help manage pain. So can physical therapy.

Sometimes, however, those methods aren’t enough.

“If you have constant pain or trouble moving a joint, it can really interfere with your day-to-day life,” says George Cautilli, MD, Medical Director of the Joint Replacement Center at St. Mary Medical Center. “When it’s to a point that normal activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, are difficult, then it may be time to consider joint replacement.”

The most commonly replaced joints are hips, knees and shoulders.

The joint replacement care team at St. Mary partners with patients to promote independence and improve quality of life through a proven patient-care process focused on rapid recovery.

The St. Mary joint replacement team includes:

  • Board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons
  • Certified orthopedic nurses and joint replacement navigator
  • Licensed physical and occupational therapists

“We offer a comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered program for which our patient satisfaction scores consistently rank in the top 5 percent of national benchmarks,” says Monica Eckhardt, Orthopedics Service Line Administrator at St. Mary. “From pre-op testing to surgery and rehabilitation, our specialists and leading-edge technology ensure that you have the best care—and the best outcome.”

Next-day help

If you need to see a physician quickly for an orthopedic concern, such as a sprain, minor fracture or nagging joint or back pain, St. Mary offers Next Day Orthopedics.

This service connects you with the right orthopedic subspecialist for your specific issue. Just call the St. Mary physician referral line at 215.710.5888. A nurse navigator will help schedule you for a next-business-day appointment.

No bones about it 

Our orthopedic services are the best. Learn more about them at stmaryhealthcare.org/ortho.