Inpatient Surgical Care
Orthopedic surgery patients can expect to receive highly personal and attentive care in Greenwich Hospital’s 48-bed inpatient unit. The multidisciplinary orthopedic care team include physicians, physician assistants and nurses, as well as physical, occupational therapists, case managers, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists.
Private patient rooms are comfortably furnished to accommodate overnight visitors if a family member wishes to remain with a patient. Each room is equipped with wireless Internet, telephone and TV service. Newspapers and magazines are available for delivery as well.
Orthopedics Pain Management
Appropriate pain management helps patients recover faster and also reduces the risk of developing certain complications. When pain is well controlled, patients are better able to participate in important activities such as walking, deep breathing exercises and physical therapy and rehabilitation. All surgery patients are continually assessed to ensure they remain comfortable.
Pain control options may include:
- Pain relief medicines such as analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs, local anesthetics or opioids
- Pain medicine pumps
- Relaxation techniques, including meditation, Healing Touch therapy, or listening to music
- Physical therapies such as heat or cold therapy, massage and body alignment
Surgical patients can expect to be continually assessed to ensure they are as comfortable as possible. Patients are asked to participate in their pain management by telling staff when they are uncomfortable and reporting and rating their pain on a scale of 0 to 10. Together, patients and staff set goals for acceptable pain levels. When necessary, adjustments or changes to the pain management regimen are made.
Patients who experience chronic pain after discharge from the hospital are referred to the Greenwich Hospital Center for Pain Management for further treatment.
Advanced Anesthetic Pain Management for Joint Replacement Surgery
Greenwich Hospital anesthesiologists use leading edge techniques for pain management that reduce complications and accelerate healing. These options include:
- Femoral Nerve Block (for knee replacement). A pump delivers local anesthetic through a catheter placed next to the femoral nerve.
- "Pain Buster" (for shoulder replacement). A device used to deliver medication directly to the shoulder joint to ease post-surgical pain.
This holistic, energy-based therapy complements patient care. Trained Healing Touch volunteers use soothing techniques to help patients relax and facilitate healing. This service can be arranged through staff on the inpatient surgical floor.
Hospital chaplains provide a spiritual presence in keeping with the beliefs or religious practices of patients and their families. Chaplains are available for counsel, prayer and support for those in need. The Spiritual Care Department will also assist in contacting clergy from the community.
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