More than 1,000 people just did it last year. They talked to somebody about their secret life of pain and decided there was a better way to live. Rather than pop pain pills and ice their joints for the next# 20 to 30 years, they opted to swap out their old knee or hip joint for a newer, shinier model that may last a lifetime.
It”s the benefit of joint replacement surgery and the promise of a better life that millions of baby boomers are choosing as they refuse to slow down or accept an inactive life. And why not? With a low complication rate and a hospital stay that rarely exceeds a weekend”s time, total knee and hip replacements are seen as sound investments in quality of life for many maturing adults who expect to live well into their 80″s or 90″s.
If you”re a Gwinnett or metro-Atlanta resident, making that investment is only a phone call away thanks to DeKalb Medical”s new state-of-the-art Joint Solutions Center (JSC). In an innovative program that has people walking just hours after surgery, hundreds of active adults are getting back to life and the things they love after sometimes suffering years in agony. Now ranked in the top five percent of all U.S. hospitals for its overall orthopedic services by HealthGrades# (2011), DeKalb Medical is becoming one of the most talked about orthopedic centers in Atlanta.
Opened a little over a year ago, the Joint Solutions Center is the only joint replacement center of its kind in Atlanta with a 3500-square-foot indoor walking circuit, a group recovery Joint Gym, and caf## where patients can gather together to enjoy cooked-to-order meals. Capitalizing on a concept that has been around since the days of Socrates, the Center models many of its services around the benefits of group healing to accelerate outcomes for many.