Danbury Hospital Total Joint Program

Western Connecticut Health Network

The Danbury Hospital Total Joint Program emphasizes standardization of care, patient and caregiver education, and early mobility.

Highlights of the Total Joint Program include:

A Dedicated Joint Unit

The Danbury Hospital Joint and Spine Institute unit has 12 private patient rooms and a highly specialized team of nurses, physical therapists (PT), and occupational therapists (OT) dedicated to the care of total joint replacement (TJR) patients.

A Culture of Wellness, Early Patient Mobility, and Group Support

  • Patients wear their own clothing rather than a hospital gown.
  • Patients are out of bed early in the morning, simulating a normal home schedule. They also participate in out-of-bed activities throughout the day.
  • The Daily Patient Routine integrates nursing, PT, and OT.
  • Group PT and an Ambulation Board titled “Sail On To Recovery” help track each patient’s progress and promote friendly competition. These recovery tactics have been proven to result in better outcomes.
  • Caregivers and family members, or “coaches”, are included in therapy sessions to prepare them to assist in the patient’s recovery process. 

Patient Education

  • A patient navigator provides personalized guidance to patients and their coaches as they progress through the Total Joint Program.
  • Patients and their coaches attend a group Pre-Op Seminar four weeks before surgery so they know what to expect. Studies show that patients who are more prepared for surgery report a better experience and outcome.
  • Patients are registered for Recovery Coach, a digital app that helps inform and prepare them for surgery with timely notifications, education modules, and reminders. They also have access to a guidebook to educate and coordinate care both pre- and post-surgery.
  • During their stay at the Danbury Hospital Joint and Spine Institute, patients receive a daily newsletter to set expectations for the day’s activities.

Standardized Patient Care, Tailored for Individual Needs

Standardized post-op and discharge orders create a more efficient, effective, and safe method for delivery of care. However, the Total Joint Program staff recognizes that each patient is different with their own specific needs.

Pain Management

Pain after surgery is one of the biggest concerns for patients undergoing TJR. The Total Joint Program incorporates advanced pain management therapies, including innovative medicines and nerve blocks. A joint replacement pain management team, which is led by an anesthesiologist, consults with each patient before, during, and after surgery.

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