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Wenz Orthopaedic Unit
After your surgery, you will be cared for on the Wenz Orthopaedic Unit. The unit features private rooms and is specially designed for patients who have had joint replacement surgery. Each room includes a full bathroom with a European shower, a refrigerator, free television and local phone service, and sleeping accommodations for family members. Our staff embraces family-centered patient care, and we have an open visitation philosophy. Patients and families who are cared for on the Wenz Orthopaedic Unit consistently rank their care in the top percentile, both in the state of Maryland and across the country.
Our orthopaedic team consists of your surgeons, nurses and nurse practitioner, physician’s assistants, rehabilitation therapist, nutritionists, nursing assistants and care coordination staff. This staff meets daily to review your progress and plan for your safe discharge.
Prevention of Complications
Depending on the surgical procedure performed, a variety of methods will be used to prevent or decrease any complications that may occur. You will be monitored by the multi disciplinary team and asked to report specific signs and symptoms.
Early mobility is the key to a progressive recovery. Your surgeon will determine your level of activity and communicate the plan to you and the other team members. Your cooperation with the plan leads to a successful rehabilitation period.
Members of the team will provide instruction regarding your procedure, plan of care, equipment and your part in the recovery process. Family members or significant others are welcome to participate in the instruction. Their participation will provide you with the support you will need after discharge.
The length of your hospital stay is determined by the goals of your care plan. Once these goals are met, you will be considered safe to be discharged. Your Social Worker and Home Care Coordinator will make arrangements for your discharge from the acute patient tower whether it be to home or to a subacute facility.
Your Case Manager
You will meet your case manager within the first 24 hours of your hospital stay. Your case manager acts as your advocate across the continuum. The role of the case manager is to work with you and your care team to assess your needs. The case manager will then communicate these needs and coordinate medical and social resources to meet these needs.
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