Joint Replacement Care Team

When you get treatment at Olmsted Medical Center’s (OMC) Joint Replacement Center, you’ll work with a specially trained team. Your safety, comfort, and healing are our main focus.

Types of Providers

Rely on your team to offer guidance and help you know what to expect. Depending on your condition and procedure, you may get care from:

  • Anesthesiologist – Gives medications to keep you asleep and/or comfortable during surgery and helps manage post-operative (after surgery) pain
  • Chaplain – Serves you and your family's spiritual needs, regardless of your religious faith
  • Dietitian – Offers nutritional counseling to teach healthy eating choices that can help support your healing
  • HospitalistFollows your medical care during your stay at the Joint Replacement Center and works with your orthopedic surgeon to meet your care needs
  • Joint replacement nurse navigator – Coordinates your surgical care, prepares you for what to expect during treatment and recovery, and helps you transition back to daily life
  • Nurses Help prepare you for surgery, provide care before and after the procedure, and keep you comfortable and safe while you’re in the hospital
  • Occupational therapists Teach you how to safely do daily living activities, such as bathing and dressing, and use special equipment that aid in your recovery, such as reachers or shower seats
  • Orthopedic surgeon – Performs joint replacement surgery and supervises your care during your hospital stay
  • Orthopedic surgery scheduler – Helps you register at the Joint Replacement Center and arranges your appointments
  • Patient care assistant – Helps you with activities such as bathing, dressing, and getting to the bathroom
  • Pharmacist – Manages your medications while you’re in the hospital and meets with you before you leave to talk about how to take your medications
  • Physical therapists – Create your rehabilitation plan to gain strength and motion in your new joint and teach you post-surgery recovery skills, such as how to get in and out of your car
  • Physician assistant – Works with your orthopedic surgeon to help with your care
  • Primary care provider – Manages your overall health and stays in contact with your orthopedic surgeon to help provide post-operative care
  • Social worker – Helps you when you leave the hospital and, if needed, arranges for home health services or a short-term stay at a skilled nursing facility

You may also work with laboratory technicians, radiology technicians, respiratory therapists, and orthopedic office staff.

Your Personal Coach

Ask a loved one, such as your partner, a friend, or family member, to be your personal coach. Your personal coach will give you support and help you prepare for and recover from your joint replacement procedure.