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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

Daniel Sage, MD

“For me, nothing is more rewarding than helping those who suffer from hip and knee arthritis get back to living their lives.”
   – Daniel Sage, MD, Medical Director, Joint Replacement Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Dr. Daniel Sage joined Cooley Dickinson Medical Group Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and the Joint Replacement Center in 2014. After receiving his Doctorate of Medicine from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in 2007, Dr. Sage completed an orthopaedic surgery residency as well as an adult reconstruction fellowship, both at Indiana University.

When it comes to his philosophy on patient care, Dr. Sage cites three key facets: educating his patients about their disease or condition and informing them about the conservative and surgical options for treatment; empowering individuals in their decision-making process; and treating them as he would treat his own family members. Further, he is passionate about his chosen specialty. “For me,” he says, “nothing is more rewarding than helping those who suffer from hip and knee arthritis get back to living their lives.”