Portneuf Health Partners

June 19th, 2015

Total joint replacement surgery has transformed the lives of thousands of people by restoring mobility to individuals whose joints no longer function properly. When surgery is the best treatment option, it is vital to find a surgical team and a facility that spans the entire joint replacement experience and is built on things that matter most like clinical excellence, innovation, education and patient care.

When faced with joint replacement surgery, patients should do their homework. According to Top10MD.com, “There is a direct correlation between years of medical experience, number of procedures performed and increased positive patient outcomes.” Experience matters.

Patients should find a surgical team that combines pre-surgery education, compassionate bedside care, supportive rehabilitation services and a well-trained, experienced patient care team. It is important to have a board certified surgeon and a trained nursing staff who have the knowledge and experience to work with you every step of the way. A proven track record of quality care, high patient satisfaction and a commitment to excellence can significantly reduce readmission rates, foster quicker recovery times, instill confidence and ease pain. Great physicians and nurses are good at what they do because they do it all the time.

If you or a loved one is in need of joint replacement surgery, we invite you to take a look at The Portneuf Total Joint Center and get to know our team of experts. Our joint replacement program is a leader in the field and our team of experts stays abreast of the latest treatments and technological advances. We are the only facility in eastern Idaho with a dedicated joint center. Because our team is active, both educationally and clinically, we have access to many of the latest treatments and newest technologies. We consistently rank among the top in the northwest region for performing cutting-edge and innovative orthopedic surgeries. Our team performs over 800 joint replacements annually and we care for well over a 1000 orthopedic patients each year. In fact, studies show that our total joint replacement patients are happier, healthier and stronger after surgery than patients at some other facilities.

We offer a standardized program designed by orthopedic specialists to provide highly coordinated, personal care from pre-surgery to recovery. The center is staffed by a highly trained, multidisciplinary team working together to provide a full complement of patient services including preoperative joint school, advanced planning for post-hospital care and hospital stay, onsite rehabilitation and occupational therapy. We do so in a reassuring, personalized and thoughtful environment. As our guest, we provide meticulous attention to detail and our entire focus is on one thing – you!

The Total Joint Center and our advanced joint replacement program can help you return to an active lifestyle and a higher quality of living. In conjunction with healthy living and healthy joints, we will once again be hosting the Joint Jaunt Fun Run on Saturday, July 11th. The Fun Run is part of the Portneuf Valley Summer Fun Run series. For more information, visit pocatellorunners.com.

Whether you are a patient or family member with questions, my website, www.aaronaltenburgmd.com, will help provide you with the information you may need to take the next step. To reach my office, call 208-233-8344. To find another type of physician, call Portneuf Medical Center’s physician referral line toll-free at 1-877-721-6673.

Aaron Altenburg, M.D. is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who completed his fellowship in joint replacement surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. While Dr. Altenburg’s training makes him eligible to work in an academic training center, he chose to bring his skills and passion for orthopedic care to Pocatello where he can also enjoy hunting, fishing, skiing and all that the area offers.