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Overview

Choosing the right hospital can greatly impact the success of your joint replacement surgery and recovery. With larger volumes of patients and comprehensive programs for surgery and rehab, dedicated facilities like the Joint Replacement Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital can help ensure the best possible outcomes.

The Joint Replacement Center is a quiet, spacious, eight-bed unit with its own exercise suite located on the fourth floor of the hospital’s North Building. Our skilled orthopedic team works to create a customized treatment plan and activities designed just for you as a joint replacement patient at the center. During your stay you’ll get to know other patients undergoing the same procedure; you’ll wear your own comfortable clothes and receive care from professionals who specialize in total joint replacement surgery, recovery and rehabilitation.

Education and Preparation

Once you and your surgeon have decided joint replacement is right for you, you’ll be scheduled to attend a pre-operative education class with other joint replacement candidates. You’ll tour the Joint Center and learn exactly what to expect and how to prepare for your surgery. After your operation and during your stay, you’ll be kept informed with our daily Joint Journal, videos, individualized written instructions and expert staff who welcome questions from patients and their families. We view the patient as the most important member of our team.

Your Discharge Plan is Customized

Throughout your stay at the Joint Center, our case manager works closely with your surgeon, therapists, nurses and most importantly, with you, to make plans that fit your individual progress, preferences and lifestyle. We plan carefully to ensure appropriate follow-up care after you leave the hospital. After only two days at the Center, most patients go directly home, continuing therapy with a professional home health team, or attending outpatient therapy. Others choose a short stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Meet Our Medical Director

David L. Boardman, MD

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley suburbs of Los Angeles, Dr. Boardman completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of California at Davis before returning to Los Angeles for orthopaedic training at the University of California at Los Angeles.  Later, he attended additional training in hip and knee replacement surgery by completing a year-long fellowship in San Francisco.

In 1999, Dr. Boardman moved his young family to begin practice with Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon. His tenure at Kaiser spanned more than 18 years, more than 8 of which he served as the NW Regional Chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery there. In addition, he helped launch an accredited specialty program in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery at Kaiser Permanente.

Now a self-described ‘empty nester’ and seeking to expand his personal and professional horizons, David and his wife Tanya are settling into the Northampton area.

Dr. Boardman will be giving a free community lecture on Joint Replacement on Thurs., September 27 at 6-7 p.m. in the Dakin Conference Room. For more information on the lecture, please see the event page, or send us a note of interest via our feedback form with subject “Joint Replacement Lecture.”

For information or an appointment, call Hampshire Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at 413-586-8200, or visit the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Page.