Inpatient Programs

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Single Joint Replacement Program

Program Description
The goal of Burke Rehabilitation’s Single Joint Replacement Program is for you to achieve the best possible post-operative recovery and improve your mobility and independence. Most of our patients return home within one week, walking independently with a single cane.

We serve young adult through elderly patients who have had unilateral total knee replacement or unilateral total hip replacement. You will receive intensive therapy six times a week. Rehabilitation nursing and access to a physician are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (For information on bilateral knee and hip replacements, please visit our Orthopedic Rehabilitation program page.)

The interdisciplinary rehabilitation team consists of you and your family or caregiver, and medical, nursing and other rehabilitation specialists. Led by Maria Briones, M.D. and Ellen Gitler, M.D., the professionals on the team will assess your medical and rehabilitation needs and work with you to establish your individual goals. In close collaboration, the team designs and implements your treatment program. Dr. Briones and Dr. Gitler direct your medical care and monitor the overall team process and outcome. 

You will receive ongoing education from each discipline throughout your stay to help you achieve your goals. Your family or caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in treatment sessions and care as appropriate.

Scope of Services
The Single Joint Replacement Team is committed to:

  • Providing comprehensive, patient-focused rehabilitation through an interdisciplinary approach based on communication, collaboration and cooperation.
  • Removing or lessening restrictions to participation in life situations to the extent possible.
  • Preparing the individual, family and/or caregiver for transition to the next phase of the rehabilitation process.

Single Joint Replacement Orthopedic Team Description
The Joint Replacement Orthopedic Program philosophy is that comprehensive rehabilitation is best achieved through an interdisciplinary team approach. The core team consists of:

  • Joint replacement individual
  • Joint replacement individual’s family and caregivers
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Social Work/Case Management

Medical Management
The multi-disciplinary team is led by Dr. Maria Briones, M.D and Dr. Ellen Gitler, MD who have extensive experience caring for orthopedic patients. As the leaders of the team, Dr. Briones and Dr. Gitler are responsible for directing the medical care of the individual and monitoring the overall team process and outcome. At Burke, a physician is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Medical consultations (Podiatry, Urology, Plastics, ENT, Dermatology, etc.) are available to address all patient needs while at Burke.

Patient and Family/Caregiver
Ongoing education of the orthopedic individual and the family and/or caregiver is essential in order to maximize recovery from the physical impairments caused by surgery and effectively prepare the individual and family and/or caregiver for the transition to the next stage in the rehabilitation process.

Orthopedic individuals will receive ongoing education from each discipline throughout his/her stay in order to maximize achievement of each individual’s goals. Family members and/or caregivers are encouraged to attend and participate in treatment sessions and patient care activities as appropriate. Providing education and training for the family and/or caregivers is an essential component of the patient’s rehabilitation stay and provides an opportunity to successfully transition the patient to the next phase of rehabilitation.

Located in White Plains, New York, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital's Single Joint Replacement Rehabilitation Program attracts post-operative joint replacement patients from Westchester County, New York City, Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Connecticut. Burke also welcomes post-operative knee replacement and hip replacement patients from across the country and around the world.

Additional services available to meet individual patient needs include:

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