Mercy Health Orthopaedic Practice Offers Shared Medical Appointments for Patients Needing Joint Replacements

(CINCINNATI; August 4, 2014) – “The more information and education you give patients needing hip or knee replacements, the better they are able to cope with any issues they might face before, during and after their surgery,” says Mercy Health Physician Francis Florez, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon.

Following a model used by two Mercy Health medical practices treating diabetic patients and another that treats congestive heart failure patients, Dr. Florez now offers his joint replacement patients shared medical appointments. During a shared medical appointment, a group of patients meets together with Dr. Florez and nurses to discuss what they can expect from surgery, what steps they need to take before and after their procedure and any concerns they might have about their hospital stay and post-operative care.

Shared medical appointments are just one more way that Mercy Heath provides advanced, quality compassionate care and Dr. Florez says patients are enthusiastic about the concept.

“I’ve found that patients in shared medical appointments ask questions that they may not have in the past or they ask questions that others want to ask but are too intimidated to do so. They are relieved to know their situation is not unique and they benefit from other group members’ experiences,” says Dr. Florez. “Since we’ve been offering these appointments, we’ve repeatedly seen groups of patients become a team and support group, bonding as they help each other and attend group physical therapy together after surgery.”

Benefits to patients include:
• improved physician access
• opportunities for added education around knee or hip replacement
• a chance to share experiences and advice with other patients undergoing the same surgery

There are other benefits, too.

“I’m still available for one-on-one consultations but shared appointments free my time to help more patients. Instead of using an office visit time to deliver the same information to each patient individually, I can give the same important information in a group setting, opening office visits for others who may need to see a doctor right away,” said Dr. Florez

Dr. Florez practices from Mercy Health - Orthopedics and Spine, West, located at 3301 Mercy Health Blvd., Suite 450, in Monfort Heights, Ohio, ZIP 45211-1103. He is part of Mercy Health’s Dream Team of orthopaedic specialists. To find out more about Dr. Florez or to schedule an appointment with him, please call 513-981-6784.

Mercy Health Physicians, as well as physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers and locations of Mercy Health – Cincinnati SportsMedicine & Orthopaedic Center (CSMOC) and a partnership with Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, comprise The Dream Team. The Dream Team includes 35 doctors practicing from 15 locations in neighborhoods throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Returning every patient to normal function as quickly, compassionately and safely as possible is the goal of Mercy Health’s Orthopaedics, Spine and Sports Medicine team. Together with physical therapists and athletic trainers, they provide comprehensive orthopaedic care for the foot and ankle, hand, wrist and elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, neck, back, joint replacement and sports-related concussion.

You can meet the team, learn more about their areas of specialty and find their office locations by visiting http://e-mercy.com/orthopaedics-sports-medicine.aspx. To find a Mercy Health physician in your neighborhood, or to learn about the services provided at Mercy Health, please visit http://www.e-mercy.com/physicians.asp or call 513-981-2222.