People with injuries, arthritis or connective-tissue disorders sometimes find daily activities difficult or even impossible to carry out.
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital's Total Joint Center is dedicated to providing the best possible care for foot, ankle, knee, hip and shoulder injuries and disorders. We offer free seminars that cover the causes of joint pain, the latest treatments and tips about diet, exercise and medication.
When surgery is necessary, our specially trained orthopedic and podiatric surgeons, nurses and therapists provide comprehensive care involving the least invasive and up-to-the-minute techniques.
Our program features rehabilitation plans specifically tailored for each patient. Patients also participate in group meals, exercise classes and social activities designed to return them to healthy lifestyles.
The Total Joint Center program includes:
- Private rooms with TV and telephone
- Nurses who specialize in joint care
- A nurse manager who coordinates all preoperative and patient center planning
- An aggressive rehab program involving twice-daily therapy
- Occupational and physical therapists who provide instruction on joint protection, energy conserving techniques, and use of assistive devices
- An emphasis on group activities, as well as individual care
- Education for family and friends participating as coaches in the recovery process
- A comprehensive patient guide that covers both preoperative and post-operative phases
The decision to have surgery should be discussed with your physician and family, and you should understand all the benefits and potential risks before opting for this alternative. If you have questions about the Total Joint Center program, don’t hesitate to call us.
Total Joint Center
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
1199 Bush Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94109
Total Joint Center at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
A few definitions of the personnel involved in your care are presented to help you familiarize yourself with the workings of the Total Joint Center.
an orthopedic surgeon wishing to pursue advanced training in a technique or area of interest. The fellow is under direct supervision of the treating physician, and may assist in examinations, in-hospital care, surgery, and research.
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (PA):
Conducts patient and family contact prior to surgery, assists in in-hospital care, surgery and is readily available to answer questions about medications, rehabilitation, or concerns around the time of surgery.
Office administration, may answer questions about Total Joint Center Billing and Administrative issues.
Facilitates the authorization and scheduling of surgeries.
MEDICAL ASSISTANT: Facilitates the physician in scheduling of radiographs and procedures. Assists in the completion of forms and disability paperwork.
FINANCIAL COUNSELOR: Can provide financial arrangements and information regarding cost of hospital stay and insurance coverage. (415) 353-6140.
Internal Medicine specialists who perform complete medical evaluations around the time of surgery. They participate in in-hospital management of medications, fluids, antibiotics, pain management, and blood thinners.
perform all anesthesia procedures.
HOSPITAL STAFF NURSE:
attends to the patient’s daily needs and dispenses medication while in hospital.
works with the patient to regain joint motion and muscle strength and to ambulate with or without assistive devices. (Crutches, walker, cane, wheelchair)