Orthopedic Unit

Whether recovering from an injury, or deciding to have a knee or hip replacement, orthopedic patients have unique needs that St. Anthony Regional Hospital can meet. Located on the 3rd floor, across the walkway from the main hospital, St. Anthony’s Orthopedic Unit offers each patient spacious, private rooms, with staff who are dedicated to providing the best care to orthopedic patients.

Preparing for Surgery

Before your surgery, you will be contacted by a nurse from the Surgery Pre-Admission office to confirm the date and details of your procedure. The pre-admission nurse will talk with you by phone to review what is needed to prepare for surgery. The preadmission nurse will also make sure that all the necessary preoperative tests have been done and will conduct a complete review of your medical history.  This is the time to discuss any special needs you may have, such as translation services, transportation, or necessary items to bring for your stay. 

Joint Replacement Class

One of the first steps to a new joint is to attend one of St. Anthony’s Joint Replacement Classes. This class gives you helpful information about preparing for your surgery, adapting your home for recovery, and knowing what to expect following surgery. 

Patients are encouraged to make plans to attend a class a few weeks, or even a few months, before surgery, if possible.  Evidence shows that those who have attended a joint class early, and prepared for surgery by doing the recommended exercises, have the best results.  Even if your surgery is not yet scheduled, but you know joint replacement is in your future, plan to attend a class so that you can feel confident about your surgery.

Joint Class Schedule:

To join a class, please call  the Pre-Admission Office at (712) 794-5733 to RSVP your attendance at a Joint Class, or email pre-admission@stanthonyhospital.org.

Joint Classes are held in the St. Anthony Room, in the Education Center at St. Anthony. When you arrive for your class, plan to park in the covered parking and take the elevators in the Surgery Building to the Education Center, on 4th floor.

Total Joint Education Classes

January 2: 9:30-11:30 am
January 15: 1:00-3:00 pm
February 5: 9:30-11:30 am
February 19: 1:00-3:00 pm
March 4: 9:30-11:30 am
March 18: 1:00-3:00 pm-postponed
April 1: 9:30-11:30 am-postponed
April: 15: 1:00-3:00 pm-postponed
May 6: 9:30-11:30 am-postponed
May 20: 1:00-3:00 pm-postponed
June 3: 9:30-11:30 am
June 17: 1:00-3:00 pm

2020 Continued
July 1: 9:30-11:30 am
July 15: 1:00-3:00 pm
August 5: 9:30-11:30 am
August 19: 1:00-3:00 pm
September 2: 9:30-11:30 am
September 16: 1:00-3:00 pm
October 7: 9:30-11:30 am
October 21: 1:00-3:00 pm
November 4: 9:30-11:30 am
November 18:1:00-3:00 pm
December 2: 9:30-11:30 am
December 16: 1:00-3:00 pm

January 6: 9:30-11:30 am
January 20: 1:00-3:00 pm


Post-Operative Care

During your stay, you will be cared for by nursing staff, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and spiritual care staff who are specially trained in post-operative orthopedic care. Their goal is to provide you with excellent service during your hospital stay, so that you experience the best possible outcome. Family and loved ones are encouraged to be involved in the patient’s care to continue the recovery progression at home.

Skilled care is available at St. Anthony for those who need extended rehabilitation or nursing care services during recuperation.

St. Anthony’s Orthopedic Unit includes private, spacious rooms designed to provide patients with the comforts of home.

Specialized Orthopedic care includes:

  • A dedicated unit caring for patients in the hospital for total joint or other orthopedic care.
  • A team of physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and other staff who are specially trained in caring for orthopedic patients.
  • Physical and occupational therapy provided in the unit that includes a full range of rehabilitation services.
  • Proven patient care paths based on orthopedic best practices.
  • Individualized treatment plans administered by the staff and supervised by the surgeon to include pre-operative education and post-operative exercise.
  • Focus on patient involvement throughout the recovery process.

Medical Staff in Orthopedic Unit