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Patients who have orthopaedic surgery are taken to a multisurgical unit with a subspecialty in orthopaedics. At the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center you may be in a unit dedicated to hip or knee surgery, called the Wenz Unit. All rooms are equipped with cable TV hookup and phone jacks. Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team that consists of surgeons, surgical residents, nurses, case managers, physical therapists , physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, social workers, nutritionists, home care coordinators, patient care technicians and clinical assistants.

Quality patient care is the goal of every member of our team. Our vision is consistent with that of the institution as a whole: “To make the best even better by providing every patient with an exceptional health care experience.”

When you arrive on the inpatient unit, you can expect the following to be a part of the general care after orthopaedic surgery.

Pain Management

The methods used to control your pain will be determined by your surgeon. The surgeons and nurses will monitor the effectiveness of these methods and modify them as needed.

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 multidisciplinary team and asked to report specific signs and symptoms.

Early Mobility

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.

Patient Education

Members of the team will provide instructions regarding your procedure, plan of care, equipment and your part in the recovery process. Family members and/or your significant other are welcome to participate in the teaching. Their participation will provide you with the support you will need after discharge.

Discharge Planning

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 whether it be to home or to another facility.


Your primary nurse will develop a responsibility relationship with you, which will continue throughout your stay, to assure you that your care is planned and coordinated. Your individual needs will be assessed and specific approaches to meet those needs will be designed. The primary nurse works with your physician to coordinate and personalize your care. Patients often treasure the special relationship with their primary nurse.

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