For most orthopedic diseases and injuries, there is more than one form of treatment. Treatment may involve medications, medical devices such as casts or splints and/or therapies such as exercise or surgery. Physicians will discuss the various and appropriate treatment options with each patient to select the best treatment plan possible.
Should the need for surgery be determined, SAMC's orthopedic surgery education program will help prepare patients and their caregivers. SAMC's innovative approach has proven successful in reducing the recovery period and returning patients to the activities of daily living through regained strength, independence and confidence.
Even before admission, an orthopedic case manager, a physical therapist and an occupational therapist begin to prepare patients and their families for what to expect during the hospital stay. Recommendations will be provided regarding adaptive equipment for use at home, exercises that will be important and helpful during rehabilitation, fall prevention and what to expect during at-home recovery.
Patients may be admitted to the hospital through the Emergency Department or as a referral from a physician. Streamlined admission processes ensure that patients receive care as quickly as possible. Effective pain management is one of our primary goals from the time you arrive. In addition to pain management through the use of medication, we aim for early surgical treatment when necessary to relieve pain.
We take surgery very seriously. Therefore, we exhaust all other available forms of treatment first. In the event that surgery is required, rest assured that you are in the hands of some of the most skilled orthopedic surgeons in the Southeast.
Our anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists are highly skilled specialists in treating orthopedic patients. Anesthesia may be general or spinal. The anesthesiologist, in conjunction with you and your family and physicians, choose the most appropriate anesthetic.
Recovering from orthopedic surgery presents challenges not always encountered with other surgical procedures. Rehab is an important aspect of post-operative recovery, allowing the patient to return to a comfortable level of activity. At Southeast Alabama Medical Center, we do everything possible to ensure a safe and easy recovery.
In most cases, our patients are discharged to a nursing home/rehab facility to continue rehabilitation and physical therapy. Patients who came to us from a facility will likely return to the same facility. Other patients usually need a rehab stay until they recover enough to return home.