Lakewood Health System offers a broad range of orthopedic procedures to our patients. Some of the orthopedic surgery procedures offered include (but are not limited to):

  • Total knee replacements
  • Total hip replacements
  • Reconstruction of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Arthroscopy procedures (shoulder / knee)
  • Hand and foot procedures

We are pleased to partner with the surgeons from Northern Orthopedics out of Brainerd, MN, who perform many orthopedic procedures at Lakewood Health System. Every physician at Northern Orthopedics is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and belongs to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. CLICK HERE to visit Northern Orthopedic's website. Click on the "Joint Connection" tab to learn more specifics about our knee and hip replacement programs.

The current overall patient satisfaction score for our total joint replacement program is 4.94 out of 5 STARS!

The Joint Connection team has received the "Best Sustained Internal Survey Score" for patient satisfaction in 2011 and 2012.

Our current Joint Connection patient satisfaction score is 4.94 out of 5 STARS!
Philosophy Statement
Our goal is to provide 5-star service through comprehensive and personalized care.

To meet this goal, we will develop a personal relationship with each patient, coach, family member and volunteer to ensure patient satisfaction and quality outcomes. Furthermore, we will personally meet with each individual patient to discuss personal goals and expectations of the program. We take the time to educate all parties involved throughout the entire process in order to meet the patient-established goals and expectations.

Overall, our team of interdisciplinary staff members will work together seamlessly to create the best patient experience possible.
"Thank you Jennifer, all the nurses, doctors and staff for the wonderful care I was given while a patient at Lakewood Health System. I was treated like a king!" Joint Connection Patient from Browerville
Our Program
A total joint replacement surgery can improve the quality of life for people suffering from arthritis, previous joint injuries or chronic pain.
The Joint Connection program provides or coordinates:
• A complete history and physical
• Laboratory tests and diagnostics
• Comprehensive educational program and follow-up for the patient and their coach
• Physical and occupational therapy evaluation, as well as in-patient and out-patient physical therapy
• Transitional care for those individuals unable to be discharged home after the anticipated 3-day program
• Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons

Our Northern Orthopedic Surgeons
Christopher M. Metz, M.D.
Paul T. Rud, M.D., Program Medical Director

Joint Connection Team Members Committed to Our Clients
Orthopedic Surgeons
Primary Care Providers
Joint Connection Coordinator & Orthopedic Case Manager
Patient Benefit Coordinators
Anesthesia Providers
Dedicated Joint Replacement Nurses
Physical Therapists
Occupational Therapists
Social Workers
Massage Therapists

Comprehensive Replacement Care
Joint Connection at Lakewood Health System is your home for comprehensive joint replacement care. Our program is designed to return you to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. Most patients will be able to walk the first day after surgery and move towards normal activity in six to twelve weeks.

Our Joint Connection Coordinator will work with you from the moment you decide to have surgery to plan your individual treatment program and will act as your guide throughout your joint replacement experience. You’ll be supported by an entire team that specializes in joint replacement care, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and physical and occupational therapists. Joint Connection will work with you to make your joint replacement ‘a walk in the park.”

Joint Connection at Lakewood Health System is designed to encourage the best possible results for you. As part of your "Walk in the Park", you will be provided with a comprehensive patient Guidebook for you to follow from your initial visit prior to surgery until three months after surgery, and beyond. In addition, our program emphasizes group activities during your recovery process including Picnics in the Park and group physical therapy sessions.

the Joint Connection nurse team
Our dedicated Joint Connection Nursing staff.

Orthopedic Case Manager
Medical Staff
Paul Rud, MD
Main Campus

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