What to Expect

Hospitals & Locations > Bethesda North Hospital

At Bethesda North Hospital, we are proud of our record of success in helping orthopedic surgery patients improve their mobility and activity levels. Along with Good Samaritan Hospital, we perform more orthopedic surgeries than any other health care system in Greater Cincinnati, in part because we understand the needs of orthopedic patients.

Physicians and Operating Room Staff

The finest orthopedic doctors in the Cincinnati area work at Bethesda North because we have the facilities, technologies and experienced staff their patients need. Surgeons are assisted by operating room teams – including specialized nurses, surgical assistants and certified surgical technicians – that are dedicated to orthopedic surgery. They have unsurpassed expertise and knowledge of the latest techniques, and have access to the latest equipment and technology for joint replacement surgeries such as minimally-invasive (small incision) and computer-guided equipment. Find an orthopedic surgeon at TriHealth.

Inpatient Orthopedic Nursing Units

Bethesda North Hospital has inpatient nursing units that are exclusively dedicated to the recovery of orthopedic surgery patients. Our nurses and other caregivers understand orthopedic surgery and recovery. They are completely dedicated to working with post-surgical orthopedic patients. They provide compassionate, hands-on care and explain physicians’ orders for tests, exercises and diet during recovery. Their expertise and caring touch puts patients, and their families, at ease.

These units have a variety of features that help patients recover as quickly and comfortably as possible. Every room is private and comfortably furnished. Each has a sofa that transforms into a bed for family members who wish to stay overnight. In addition, every room has a private bathroom equipped with raised toilets and other features that assist patients with recovery.

Multimodal Pain Management

Post-operative pain can be managed by using a combination of several pain control methods throughout the total joint experience. Nerve blocks and spinal anesthesia are examples of two proven ways to reduce surgical pain and provide reliable patient comfort while in the hospital.

Patient Education

TriHealth’s Total Joint Replacement Education Program is a multidisciplinary approach designed to let patients and their families know what to expect before, during and after joint replacement surgeries.

The class, offered exclusively to patients who will receive total joint replacements, includes information about:

  • What to do to prepare for surgery
  • What will happen in the operating room
  • Medications that may be prescribed to you
  • Rehabilitation and therapy programs that will help you recover
  • What will be involved in planning for your discharge from the hospital
  • What to expect when you return home
  • Answers to many frequently asked questions

For more information or to schedule a class, call 513 865 5185.

Proactive Infection Control

To protect patients by preventing the spread of infection within its hospitals, TriHealth screens every patient planning to have orthopedic surgery for MRSA.

What is MRSA?

  • MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.  It is a type of “staph” bacteria. If MRSA enters the body and causes an infection, the infection can be difficult to treat because it doesn’t respond well to antibiotics.
  • Some healthy people carry MRSA on their skin and in their noses. MRSA can be spread from one person to another through casual contact, or by handling contaminated objects.
  • About five days before surgery, TriHealth tests each patient for MRSA through a simple nasal swab.
  • Patients who test positive for MRSA will be provided with medicated nasal ointment and soap to reduce the bacteria before surgery.

In addition, to prevent infection:

  • All orthopedic surgery patients should be sure to practice good, basic hygiene both before and after surgery.
  • Patients should wash their hands frequently.
  • Hospital visitors should use the alcohol hand rinse available outside each patient’s room before entering and upon exiting the patient’s room.

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