Comprehensive Joint Replacement Program Brings Excellent Results

If joint pain is keeping you from doing the things you love, Total Joint replacement (TJR) surgery may be an option. And, Baptist Health Floyd offers a comprehensive program designed to help make the process a total success.

Kayla Cook, RN, is the charge nurse in the Surgical Inpatient Orthopedic Unit. As she explained, “More than 90 percent of individuals who undergo TJR experience a dramatic reduction in pain and significant improvement in mobility and their ability to perform daily activities. Our TJR program includes a multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals.

They bring their skills and knowledge together to provide comprehensive care that includes assessment, consultation, diagnosis, education, surgery, pain management, physical therapy and discharge planning. The program leads to proven excellent outcomes. We are happy to report that 70 percent of patients are able to go directly home after their discharge.” Added Cook, “We also utilize the most up-to-date technology available. For example, our knee replacement patients benefit from our use of the new custom-fit OtisKnee replacement, which offers increased comfort,fit, mobility and longevity.

An MRI is done three weeks prior to surgery so that the measurements are precise. This also helps determine the exact size and position of the implant, and preserves more bone and ligaments. The result is a more natural feeling knee, greater range of movement and quicker return to normal activities.”

To attend a free seminar given by an orthopedic surgeon…

A free joint replacement seminar held by an orthopedic surgeon and nurse and a physical therapist will be offered Tuesday,July 28 at 6 p.m. or Saturday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the Paris Health Education Center at Baptist Health Floyd.  Learn about advanced treatments, medications, exercises,and what to expect with TJR surgery. Family members are encouraged to attend.

actionCall 1-800-4-SOURCE (1-800-476-8723) or visit to register.

“I was in excruciating pain and could barely walk. Dr. Bell tried several different treatments, but it got to the point where I needed surgery. I got my first knee in January, and the second in April. I went through the special program Baptist Health Floyd has for joint replacement patients. Kayla sat down with me and my husband and explained everything. I was completely at ease and felt like they were taking very good care of me.”

“Dr Bell is a great doctor. He’s done all the knees in the family. My husband got one in 1998 and one in 2002. Neither of us would even be walking without the surgery. Now, I’m able to go out in the garden again, which is one of my favorite warm-weather activities. Between the Lord and Dr. Bell, my surgery was a great success!”

Elsie Keeley, 69, recipient of two total knee joint replacements

“Elsie has a wonderful attitude and was a pleasure to take care of. We used a prosthetic knee that performs particularly well in cases of degenerative arthritis like hers. She was very compliant and it has all added up to a good result. I expect her to continue to improve.”

Edward Bell, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

“The pain in my right hip was so intense that I couldn’t sleep without medication. I certainly couldn’t play golf anymore. Dr. Conner told me I needed a total hip replacement. So, at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, February 9, I had my surgery. By 3 p.m., they were helping me stand up. On Tuesday, the physical therapist helped me walk around the corridors. The next day, I went up and down stairs. On Thursday, I got to go home to my wife.”

“Having the surgery was definitely worth it. They explained everything and did all my lab work in one day. Dr. Conner is an amazing surgeon. By April 4, less than two months later, I was able to play 18 holes of golf, which I’ve continued to do every Saturday since! I have no pain at all now.”

Roy D. Light, 81, recipient of a total hip joint replacement

“Roy proves that age alone is not a reason not to have joint replacement surgery. He is in good health, has a positive attitude and was highly motivated to get back to his active life. In fact, he was playing golf less than two months after surgery. We used a prosthetic hip with a new type of plastic insert that is designed to last longer and wear better. It should serve him well.”

John Conner, MD
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

actionFor more information …
If you think you might benefit from TJR surgery, please call 1-800-4-SOURCE
(1-800-476-8723) for a referral to a board certified orthopedic surgeon who can perform a complete evaluation and help you make the decision that’s right for you.