North Texas

Fort Worth Becomes Hot Spot For Joint Replacements

Innovative patient care and advancements in the operating room can make all the difference for someone undergoing a joint replacement surgery.

Both of those reasons are why administrators at Texas Health Clearfork say they've seen success in the last year.

More than 3,000 joint replacement procedures have been performed at the hospital since September 2016.  

A spokesperson says that's more joint replacement procedures than any other location in North Texas.

"We have the total package," said Paige Pritchett, who describes Joint Camp as a class designed to help joint replacement recipients understand their role in the post-surgical recovery process and the recovery benefits of early patient involvement.

They also put processes in place such as early ambulation and discharge checklists, which help patients get moving sooner and understand exactly what goals they need to achieve to get back on their feet.

The average hospital stay after a total joint replacement is 1.6 days, according to Pritchett.

"Some of the things that we implement here are definitely unique to us," she says.

50 percent of the hospital's patients travel to North Texas for their procedures.

Frank Pohl drove from Longview after a year of researching locations for his impending knee-replacement.

More than 24 hours after his less-invasive surgery, Pohl is ready to be discharged, happy with his decision to travel to Fort Worth.

"That's worth the drive. It's my future. It's my ability to get around," says Pohl.

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