Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

At Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we are dedicated to reducing pain caused by conditions and injuries of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. From your first appointment through treatment, rehabilitation and follow-up, our expert care helps get you back to activities you enjoy as quickly and safely as possible.  

At Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our orthopedic and sports medicine physicians and providers treat a wide range of orthopedic and sports-related conditions, including concussions, fractures, tendon and ligament injuries, joint pain, age-related degeneration and traumatic injuries.

Whenever possible, we exhaust nonoperative treatment before recommending surgery. For patients with arthritis and joint pain, we offer the latest surgical techniques, including total joint replacement and revision joint replacement.

IU Health Bloomington Hospital offers multidisciplinary care delivered on an individual basis. Our Orthopedics & Neuroscience Unit cares specifically for patients recovering from joint replacement and orthopedic surgery.

In addition to joint replacement and the inpatient rehabilitation unit, IU Health Bloomington Hospital Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers several other areas of expertise, including the Indiana University Health Children’s Therapy Center and Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation.

Joint Replacement

At Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, our orthopedic surgeons ensure that patients having joint replacement surgery are informed every step of the way.

Before Surgery

When you meet with your orthopedic surgeon and schedule your surgery at IU Health Bloomington Hospital, you receive an education binder that explains each step of the joint replacement process and what you should know before coming to the hospital for surgery.

One to two weeks before surgery, you will attend a pre-operation (pre-op) assessment and education session at our orthopedic surgeon’s office in Bloomington. During the pre-op assessment, a nurse will review your medical history and you will attend an education session in which you will learn about anesthesia and how you can prepare for a successful surgery.

In the weeks leading up to surgery, you may have an appointment with your family or primary care physician to make sure you are healthy and ready for surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon’s office will help you schedule this and any other physician appointments that may be needed.

Surgery and Your Stay

Total joint replacement surgeries at IU Health Bloomington Hospital take place in dedicated operating suites. Most joint replacement surgeries take 60 to 90 minutes. After waking from the anesthesia, patients are transferred to our Orthopedics & Neuroscience Unit. Here, nurses and therapists trained in caring for those who have just had a joint replacement help you get started on the road to recovery.

Typically, you stay in the hospital for two to three days following your surgery. During this time, you work with a physical therapist and an occupational therapist to begin the rehabilitation process. Therapy includes walking, stretching and strengthening your new joint, and practicing daily living skills, such as getting dressed. You are expected to dress in your own clothes each day during your stay with the help of our nursing staff. We recommend that you bring at least three pairs of loose-fitting knit shorts (or skirts) and three shirts.

Your rehabilitation begins right away. Most patients are up and standing with a walker later in the day of their surgery. Each day you will progress with your exercises and walking.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

In most cases, on the second or third day after surgery, you will be discharged from the hospital. With the help of your case manager, you may go directly home, to a nursing home or extended care facility to continue therapy. Your case manager will also help you arrange for any home medical equipment you might need following your stay.

Once you leave IU Health Bloomington Hospital, you will continue your rehabilitation by doing the recommended exercises two to three times a day and attending outpatient physical therapy. Keeping up with this therapy helps you heal and increases mobility and flexibility in your new joint. With proper rehabilitation, you will likely gain strength and flexibility, along with an improved quality of life. Oftentimes, patients make the most gains in the second six months after the total joint replacement.

If you need additional physical or occupational therapy, Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation provides both services on an outpatient basis. 

Inpatient Rehabilitation

The 21-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at IU Health Bloomington focuses on helping patients regain quality of life following a neurological condition or injury, or orthopedic surgery or injury. Patients work with a collaborative team of nurses, physicians and therapists throughout their stay. An intensive three-hour per day therapy program is a staple in each patient’s rehabilitation routine. Patients work with their clinical team in a dedicated nursing unit, gym and dining area.

Patients are appropriate for inpatient rehabilitation if they require:

  • 24-hour physician availability
  • 24-hour rehabilitation nursing
  • An intensive level of therapy
  • An interdisciplinary approach
  • Multiple therapy disciplines (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy)
  • Have the ability to participate in at least three hours of therapy five days a week

In addition, patients must exhibit medical stability, sufficient mental alertness, the potential for significant improvement in a reasonable period of time, and evidence of potential for functional gain resulting from intensive rehabilitation. 

Referral Forms and More Information

Referring physicians and providers can use the below forms to refer patients to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

For more information, please contact the Admissions team at 812.353.9954.

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