April 20, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Becker’s Spine Review, one of Becker Healthcare’s five publications for the healthcare industry, has quoted Andrew Wickline, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who practices at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) St. Elizabeth Campus, in an article titled, “Is physical therapy necessary after total knee replacement?” It appears online at http://www.beckersspine.com/orthopedic-spine-practices-improving-profits/item/36014-is-physical-therapy-necessary-after-total-knee-replacement.html. Dr. Wickline met with joint replacement specialists at a recent SwiftPath Symposium, where he doubted the customary approach to knee replacement and the automatic reliance on physical therapy that follows.
For nearly a year, Dr. Wickline has used the Accelerated Recovery Program for Orthopedics (ARPO) and SwiftPath at MVHS –an advanced system with protocols and strategies to help patients succeed with outpatient hip and knee replacement. He is one of the first surgeons in New York State to use this program and eligible patients may be discharged the same day after surgery for total knee or total hip replacement.
The Accelerated Recovery Program includes:
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Pain control by continuous medication delivery directly into the surgical site
- Exercises to perform once an hour while awake
- Increased patient satisfaction and
- Improved outcomes, with patients walking device-free sooner.
A patient guide outlines every step in the total joint replacement process, from consult appointment through surgery and back to the office for a post-op, follow-up appointment.
For more information, call 315-801-3388.