Joint Replacement Center

    Board-certified surgeons. Specialized orthopedic clinical staff.  Excellent outcomes. Getting you back to enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle.
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    Patient Stories

    Joy's Story

    If it's an outdoor activitiy, Joy loves doing it - unless she was dealing with knees that could no longer keep up with her active lifestyle. After two stints in the Joint Replacement Center at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, Joy is back to doing what she loves best - living an active, comfortable lifestyle. She's always willing to try something new - especially if it involves being outside. And now she doesn't have to worry about her knees holding her back.

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    Nationally Recognized - The Joint Commission Gold Seal Award

    The Joint Replacement Center at Lawrence + Memorial has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its total hip and total knee replacement programs by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

    Performing more than 750 surgical procedures of the hip, knee and shoulder each year, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital is the leading joint replacement provider in all of eastern Connecticut and western Rhode Island.  New techniques and longer-lasting artificial implants make joint replacement a treatment option for many adults with joint pain.  L+M's mission in each joint replacement surgery is clear: to safely help patients regain as much ease and comfort of movement as possible thereby fostering a more active, healthy and happy lifestyle.

    Required Pre-Op Joint Replacement Surgery Class

    Attend a pre-op educational class to prepare you for your upcoming surgery.

    Registration and attendance are required.  
    Check our Classes and Event calendar - Category: Joint Replacement Surgery Class for the next available class.

    Our highly-skilled surgeons offer the latest in advanced joint replacement surgical techniques. L+M's individualized care to joint replacement has a track record of fewer complications, rapid recovery times and long lasting benefits. Our joint replacement team includes board-certified orthopedic surgeons, nurses, technicians and therapists specially trained in total joint care.  Our multidisciplinary team is with you at each step along the way, helping you understand what to expect before, during and after surgery. From post-operative recovery and throughout your rehabilitation, we offer a patient-centered approach to getting you back to a healthy and active lifestyle.

    Specialized Care During Your Stay

    Lawrence + Memorial Hospital has a designated post-surgical unit for specialized care where patients begin their recovery in a comfortable environment, with specialty trained staff. Our goal is to make you comfortable during your stay, while getting you quickly on the road to recovery and rehabilitation. The Joint Replacement post-operative unit offers the following:

    • Interdisciplinary approach toward patient-centered care at the bedside
    • Private rooms for total joint replacement patients
    • The latest in hospital patient bed technology
    • Individualized inpatient rehabilitation, post-operatively on the orthopedic nursing unit
    • Flat screen TVs in every patient room
    • Free Wi-Fi available
    • Room Service
    • Free Valet Parking
    • Quieter unit environment - clinical staff use of wireless paging system

    The team works closely with referring physicians to guide each patient from pre-surgery education through post-surgery rehabilitation and recovery. Minimizing your pain is a goal of the team. Prior to surgery, your plan of pain management is determined by your surgeon and reviewed with you, so you understand the course of treatment which will be taken post-operatively.

    Once you are home, your rehabilitation can continue with outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation, available through Lawrence + Memorial's Signature Rehabilitation sites conveniently located in East Lyme, Waterford and Groton.

    Surgical Procedures include:

    • Total Hip Replacement
    • Hip Resurfacing
    • Revisions of Hip Replacement
    • Complete Knee Replacement
    • Partial Knee Replacement
    • Knee Revisions
    • Total Shoulder Replacement
    • Reverse-Ball Total Shoulder Replacement

    Our joint replacement team includes board-certified orthopedic surgeons, nurses, technicians and therapists specially trained in total joint care. From post-operative recovery and throughout your rehabilitation, we offer a patient-centered approach to getting you back to a healthy and active lifestyle. To learn more, scroll over physician name.

    The Orthopedic Surgeons

    Joint Replacement Center Coordinator

      • Monica Pepin, BSN, RN-C, ONC

    Nursing Leadership Staff

        • Cari Gutelius, RN-C, Nurse Manager
        • Linda Trombino, RN, ONC, Clinical Coordinator
        • Beth Duzant, BSN, RN-C, Clinical Coordinator

    Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Leadership Staff

        • Heidi Hooper, PT Manager Inpatient Rehab Therapies
        • Katherine Smith, OTR/L, Clinical Coordinator

    Patient Education

    The program emphasizes patient education, including pre-operative educational classes for patients scheduled for joint replacement at L+M. Preoperative classes are designed to fully educate patients and families on what to expect pre operative, while in the hospital, and discharge planning. Being aware and educated has the ability to decrease anxiety and maximize your joint replacements results. Classes are run by Registered Nurse, Case Management and Physical Therapy. Bring a “coach” with, so that both of you can get the most out of the education and information provided.

      Discussion includes:

      • • How to prepare for surgery
      • • Infection Prevention
      • • What to expect in the hospital
      • • Physical and Occupational Therapy
      • • Discharge Planning

      For more information or questions:

      Contact Monica Pepin BSN,RNC,ONC
      Joint Replacement Center Coordinator
      860.442.0711 ext. 4885


      Signature Outpatient Services of Lawrence + Memorial

      Three reasons to choose L+M for your outpatient rehabilitation:

                      • Specially trained and certified Physicial and Occupational team of therapists
                      • Ease of Central Scheduling -- 860.271.4848
                      • 3 convenient locations nearby:
      • East Lyme - Flanders Health Center, 339 Flanders Rd
      • Groton - Pequot Health Center, 52 Hazelnut Hill Rd
      • Waterford - Waterfall Plaza, 40 Boston Post Rd