Orthopedic Surgery

We treat a wide range of orthopedic injuries and conditions. As our patient, you can expect an individualized plan for treatment that takes into account your specific circumstances. Members of our team will work with you on an individual basis to determine what is best for your situation.

Planning for Orthopedic Surgery

Surgery is only one of many options. If you are a candidate for surgery, you will begin by scheduling a date.

After surgery is scheduled, you will meet with members of the nursing and anesthesia teams and have labs drawn. You will then attend a Joint Education Class, which family members are encouraged to attend with you.

On the day of surgery, you are prepped, undergo surgery, and returned to the unit. You may visit with therapists the same day and move out of bed just hours after surgery. Throughout a stay of two to three days, nursing and therapy staff, as well as physicians, manage your care.

Care Management

Care management is integral in planning a smooth discharge transition whether it is to home, utilizing home health services or other community resources, or being admitted to an inpatient rehab area.

Discharge Planning

After their procedures, many orthopedic patients are able to return home with instructions for activity and follow-up appointments. We also address pain management prior to discharge.

If you require physical therapy, it will take place in an outpatient setting or through home health services.

Procedures such as hip replacements and knee replacements, as well as hip fractures, generally require an inpatient stay of three to five days. Therapy begins in the hospital the day after surgery.

Discharge varies depending on the home situation as well as the progress of therapy. Many patients are able to go home with a plan for outpatientor home health services. Others may choose facilities such as our Rehabilitation Center. Most patients approved for this level of care are transferred by the third day after surgery.

An orthopedic nurse case manager will work with you to arrange the most appropriate plan and will obtain the necessary authorizations from the insurance companies. Social workers are also available to work with families and patients.

For more information, contact the Care Management Department at 484-628-8689.

Recovery & Outpatient Care

Reading Hospital offers both physical and occupational therapy to orthopedic patients on an outpatient basis.

Individuals who are well enough to go home, but still require assistance during their recovery process, may utilize one or both of these services if the physician feels it's necessary.

Physical Therapy

A physical therapist will assess movement abilities, and evaluate condition and potential. Based on this assessment, the physical therapist will design a treatment program to restore and maximize movement and function.

For example, they will work on overall strength, conditioning, balance, use of a wheelchair, and/or walking skills.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists assist in learning the skills and changes required to be independent, productive, satisfied at home, and active again in the community.

The occupational therapist will work to strengthen muscle groups and improve coordination. Activities focus on preventing, lessening, or overcoming disabilities associated with activities of daily living.

Basic life skills such as eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, and the use of adaptive equipment are all part of the therapy process.

Supplementary Services

Your doctor and care team may recommend additional support services after orthopedic surgery including:

  • Educational services, such as community seminars, preadmission classes, and patient education manuals
  • Pain management care
  • Group and individual therapy