Your Orthopedic Care Team

Your care team is made up of highly skilled and trained healthcare professionals, including your surgeon, anesthesia providers, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, and a patient care coordinator. But, the most important member of the team is you. Your help is extremely important in your return to an active, independent and rewarding lifestyle.

Orthopaedic surgeon

Your surgeon is board certified and fellowship trained in the surgical techniques and care involved in orthopedic surgery.

What is a fellowship-trained physician?

In order to become fellowship trained, your surgeon chose to complete an additional year or two of training in a subspecialty of orthopedics, such as foot and ankle, total joints, spine, or sports medicine. This training allowed your surgeon to develop a high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating conditions and injuries in that particular subspecialty, providing the best possible care for you.

Patient Care Coordinator

Your patient care coordinator is a specially trained healthcare professional who will advise hip and knee replacement patients on pre- and post-surgical options, from attending your joint replacement class to post-surgical rehabilitation and recovery.

Specialty nurses

Your nurses—both in the operating room and on the orthopedic inpatient unit—have been specialty trained in orthopedics and are experts in the care of patients undergoing orthopedic surgery.

Physician assistant

Orthopedic physician assistants are specialty-trained healthcare providers who work directly with your surgeon and care team to manage your overall medical care while you are in the hospital.

Physical therapist

The physical therapist (PT) evaluates and monitors your progress before and after surgery as it relates to your strength, range of motion and physical function. The PT helps make sure that you are as independent and safe as possible before you are discharged from the hospital.

Occupational therapist

The occupational therapist (OT) teaches you to safely manage your activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, transferring to the toilet and tub/shower, and getting around your home.

Anesthesia provider

Your anesthesia provider is responsible for administering your pain medication and monitoring your condition during and immediately following the procedure.

Pharmacist (Anticoagulation Service)

After your surgery, you may be prescribed a blood-thinning drug to help prevent blood clots from forming. A pharmacist from the Anticoagulation Service monitors the amount of medication you are taking.


You are the most important member of the team. Preparing yourself prior to surgery and understanding what must happen before and after your hospital stay contributes to a positive, successful outcome.