Hospital Holds Open House for Joint Center



Northern Hospital held an open house of its Joint Replacement Center program on Sunday, July 15. For those living with chronic joint pain, this was a perfect time to find out more about joint replacement. The event was attended by close to 200 interested patrons. Dr. Robyn Hakanson, Orthopedic Surgeon and Director of Orthopedics at Northern opened the event with a presentation on the unique features of the Joint Replacement Program. Later, she and Dr. Robert Williamson, Orthopedic Surgeon, interacted with those present, answering questions for many who are considering having such a procedure.
The Joint Replacement Center is a multifaceted program centered around a special unit dedicated to the care of patients undergoing total knee or total hip replacements. Patients recover in the Racing to Recovery themed Center in an environment that emphasizes wellness and socialization, and maximizes patient recovery efforts. "Patients who choose to have hip or knee replacement surgery at Northern Hospital benefit from the experience and expertise of our surgical staff as well as a dedicated Joint Replacement staff that includes nurses, nurses’ aides, physical therapists, and pharmacists, among others.” said Dr. Hakanson.  “Our patients are up the day of surgery, and more than ninety percent are discharged directly to home in less than three days.   The Center is certainly not just a place, it is a Comprehensive Joint Program that begins in the orthopeadic practice office and continues even when the patient goes home.”
Following the presentation, experts from the Center toured visitors through the unit and answered questions about joint replacement. Some of the unique features highlighted during the tours included the Walking Trail and the Car Transfer Simulator. The trail is a replica of the Mount Airy Greenway Walking Trail and displays local landmarks in the surrounding community. The distance each patient walks daily is displayed on the trail and challenges each walker to increase their daily distance as they race against other patients.   The car simulator is an alternative to a parking lot car with true to life vehicle components, functional doors, seat and dashboard. The car is used to teach proper positioning techniques for exiting and entering the car following a knee or hip replacement and allows patients to learn and practice before being discharged home.
Several patients who have recently completed the Joint Replacement prog
ram at Northern were on hand to share their experiences. Rita Stewart, who received a bilateral knee replacement in January of this year stated, “my entire experience at Northern Hospital from start to finish was superb. I had the best nursing staff you could ask for. The physical therapy department was top notch and went above and beyond my expectations. I was wheelchair bound for several months before my surgery. After the surgery, my nurses and physical therapist had me up and walking in the halls within two hours. If I were asked to do it all over again, I would, and I would do it at Northern Hospital.”
More than 700,000 total knee and total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States, helping people suffering from osteoarthritis achieve a better quality of life, free from debilitating pain. About 300 total joint replacement surgeries are performed at Northern Hospital every year. The decision to have any type of surgery should be discussed with both your physician and family.
For more information about total joint replacements at Northern Hospital visit us at or call 783-8316.
About Northern Hospital
Northern Hospital of Surry County is a 133-bed, not-for-profit, governmental district facility with a number of outpatient service locations and physician offices providing a comprehensive array of services to meet the needs of the community from infant to geriatric care. Located in Mount Airy, North Carolina and serving the northwest Piedmont region of NC and neighboring counties in southwest Virginia. For more information, please call (336) 719-7000 or visit

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