Living with chronic joint, back or neck pain can make you unable to do some of your favorite things. What would you be able to do with our help?
The Shawnee Mission Orthopedic & Spine Center is dedicated to making sure that finding just the right treatment isn’t also a pain.
If you’re like most baby boomers, you may have fond memories of The Beach Boys song, “I Get Around.” But these days you may not be getting around nearly as well as you used to. That’s because joint and spine pain is slowing down baby boomers at an increasing rate. In fact, there are now more than one million knee and hip replacements performed annually in the U.S., along with more than half a million arthroscopic knee surgeries. Characteristically, baby boomers aren’t taking this news sitting down. They’re dedicated to staying active, and all across the Kansas City metro area, the Shawnee Mission Orthopedic & Spine Center is helping.
Experienced nurses, physical therapists, sports medicine experts and pain management specialists also work with patients to prevent and treat injuries.
Shawnee Mission Orthopedic & Spine Center services include:
- Joint Replacement - With over 750 joint replacements performed by surgeons at Shawnee Mission Health (SMH) each year, rest assured you will receive expert care.
- Spine Care - From non-surgical, conservative care through advanced inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, we have numerous options to address your spine care needs.
- Fracture Care - SMH’s physicians and staff will help you get through these difficult situations – hundreds of patients with fractures seek SMH’s expertise each year.
- Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy
- Hand and Upper Extremity
- Pain Management
- Occupational Medicine
For more information about the Shawnee Mission Orthopedic & Spine Center, contact Director, Beth Armstrong
, at 913-632-2571.
Read more from area residents
who have found relief from joint and spine problems at the Shawnee Mission Orthopedic & Spine Center.
The Orthopedic & Spine Center provides our joint replacement and spine surgery patients with an experience that is positive and memorable. Developed in collaboration with our surgeons and staff, our program focuses on a plan of care tailored to each patient's needs.
Pre-operatively and throughout the patient's hospital stay, education is provided through daily newsletters and packets with information about what to expect in the hospital and at home.
Patients undergoing elective hip and knee joint replacements, spinal surgery and those who seek care for fractured hips, legs, shoulders or wrists count on SMH's team of orthopedic experts for care and encouragement on the road to recovery.
Each patient's care is individually coordinated by a multi-disciplinary team that may include an orthopedic surgeon, members of the nursing team, physical and occupational therapists and case managers. Patients and their loved ones also receive support from social services, utilization management associates and chaplains.
Joints in Motion Class - Pre-surgery classes in Kansas City
Shawnee Mission Health offers pre-surgery classes to ensure our joint replacement and spine surgery patients receive the information they need to prepare for surgery and recovery. For information on these classes given in Kansas City, contact our Orthopedic Nurse Navigator at 913-632-2574.
Joint Commission Certification
If you or a loved one has ever been hospitalized, you know the importance of feeling confident about your hospital choice. One way patients know they are receiving care consistent with industry best practices is to find a program that has been certified by the Joint Commission, which is an independent not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies U.S. health care organizations.
SMH has achieved Joint Commission certification in the areas of hip and knee joint replacement and this certification has a direct, positive impact on patients. The Joint Commission certification process has allowed the Orthopedic & Spine Center to meet nationwide best practice standards such as eliminating the need for after-surgery blood transfusions and ambulating more than 90 percent of hip and knee replacement patients on the day of surgery. In addition, SMH has significantly reduced complication and readmission rates as well as decreased length of stay for these patients, with 30 percent now being discharged the day after surgery.