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Fly Through Airport Security with Your New Joint
After you've recovered from joint replacement surgery, you might be ready for a relaxing vacation. But certain types of joint implants can set off airport security alarms. It's best to expect security screening to detect implants. Here's what you need to know to make your trip through security a smooth one.
Advise security officers of your implant. Tell the security officers about your joint replacement when you approach the security area. Let them know where your implant is located. The security officer will offer you a private screening that could include screening with a hand-held wand and a pat-down inspection. You will not need to show your surgical scar or remove any clothing, but feel free to ask to be screened in a private area.
Carry a joint replacement ID. Although few people are asked for proof of their surgery, your orthopedic surgeon can provide a card that confirms you have an artificial joint. These cards identify the holder of the card as having a joint replacement. They also state that the implant may activate metal-detection devices. Keep your joint replacement card with you when you travel in case you need to present proof of your implant.
If you have any questions or concerns about airport security screening, call the Transportation Security Administration at 866-289-9673 or visit the website.
Many individuals have joint pain that hampers everyday activities, either because of arthritis, fractures, or other conditions. If medications and use of aids such as a cane are not helpful, patients, after consultation with their doctor, may find relief from their pain with joint replacement surgery. The goal of joint replacement surgery is to relieve joint pain caused by damage to the cartilage or bone.
The orthopedic surgeons at Broward Health are recognized leaders in joint replacement surgery. They are dedicated to providing you with the latest options in joint replacement surgery so you can get back to your daily activities with the shortest recovery time possible. Surgeries offered include:
Several of our Joint Replacement Centers, including Broward Health North and Broward Health Coral Springs offer computer-assisted technology to perform total joint replacement surgery. This advanced technique using an image-guided system during surgery that provides detailed visual information, improving the accuracy of the bone cut and alignment of bone during surgery, which enhances results and recovery of a joint replacement by providing more accurate placement and alignment of implants.
The experienced teams at our Joint Replacement Centers include highly-trained orthopedic surgeons, medical directors, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, RNs and patient care technicians, clinical nurse specialists, physical therapists/aides, orthopedic technicians, nutritionists, surgical and perioperative team members, case managers and program coordinators.
The award-winning Joint Replacement Center at Broward Health North features private rooms, pre-operative patient education, group and individual physical therapy and the latest advances in joint replacement surgery. Broward Health North is the first hospital in Broward County to be Joint Commission Certified for hip and knee replacement and received the Innovation of the Year in Patient Care for Quality Award from the Florida Hospital Association.
The Joint Replacement Center at Broward Health Medical Center, led by W. Vincent Burke, M.D., consists of a specialty-trained, customer-focused team whose main goal is to improve the lives of its patients and promote speedy recovery back to a state of independence. The program differs from the current care of joint replacement patients in three primary ways: heavy emphasis on pre- and post-op patient education, standardization of orders/routines, and intense inpatient physical therapy.
In addition to the benefits of state-of-the-art technology, patients have the opportunity to undergo their procedure at Broward County’s second largest healthcare facility, which also features an inpatient rehabilitation unit and an orthopedic program considered one of the best in the tri-county area.
The Joint Replacement Center at Broward Health Coral Springs is committed to providing the highest quality care to patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery. Using the latest advancements in joint replacement surgery and family-center patient education and therapy, we are dedicated to improving our patients’ recovery and quality of life.
Following orthopedic surgery, you may be referred to physical therapy or rehabilitation.