The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Orthopedic Hospital has a team of surgeons, nurses, therapists, and technicians completely dedicated to the care of orthopedic patients. Our singular focus on this specialty provides a higher level of orthopedic experience and knowledge than can't be found anywhere else in the region.
All of the orthopedic surgeons on NHRMC's medical staff are either board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) (link: www.abos.org) or board eligible. Many are also fellowship trained, meaning they spend an additional two years studying and refining their skills alongside more experienced surgeons. The surgeons engage in a continuing process of education as well as periodic peer reviews to ensure the highest level of preparation and training.
The center includes specialists in hand and shoulder, foot and ankle, and spine procedures as well as arthroscopic surgeries, sports medicine and joint replacement.
At the request of your orthopedic surgeon, you may be cared for by one of our hospitalists. NHRMC hospitalists are board-certified internal medicine doctors who specialize in treating hospitalized patients. If a hospitalist is brought into your case, he/she will meet with you during pre-admission testing to assess your condition, take a complete history and list of all medications and assure you are in optimal shape to proceed with your procedure. These highly-trained doctors will follow your care post-surgery to manage any existing medical conditions and to treat any conditions that may occur while in the hospital. As a member of your healthcare team, the hospitalist is in constant communication with your surgeon or primary care doctor about your overall care in order to your transition to discharge.
Board-certified anesthesiologists, many with subspecialty training, are committed to providing you with the highest level of comfort during your surgical procedure. Using advanced pain management techniques, including ultrasound guided nerve blocks, anesthesiologists are able to manage your pain relief, keeping you comfortable and relaxed throughout your surgery. Their expertise allows them to deliver the appropriate treatments safely and effectively. In addition, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) - specially trained registered nurses - are available to stay with you throughout your entire procedure to manage your care.
Nursing and Clinical Staff
Because they typically care for hundreds of patients undergoing the same procedure every year, the staff is well-prepared to address the unique needs of orthopedic patients. The nurses, technicians and therapists dedicated to caring for these patients at NHRMC are well-trained in helping patients understand what to expect before, during and after their surgery. Their experience is combined with an understanding and compassion that will help patients recover and get back to their daily lives as quickly as possible.
The development and retention of top-level nurses is a focus throughout New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Nurses actively participate in research on best practices and are encouraged to introduce improvements through unit-based practice councils. This emphasis on professional advancement in nursing helps ensure the best nurses stay at NHRMC and use their experience and expertise to further advance the care provided to patients.
Physical and Occupational Therapists
A critical component in the healing and recovery process for orthopedic surgery patients is the ability to achieve a comfortable and safe return to daily life. Our highly-trained and dedicated physical and occupational therapy staff are committed to ensuring a smooth transition from post-surgery to discharge and ultimately back to the activities you enjoy doing. Our staff has extensive experience in the rehabilitation of patients following orthpedic surgery. Therapists work with each and every patient, generally the day after surgery, to restore strength, mobility and independence. Through ongoing clinical education and participation in a therapy-based practice council, our staff continues to advance their knowledge in their respective fields. As with nursing, this emphasis on professional advancement helps ensure high staff satisfaction and excellent patient care.