Orthopedic Services

Orthopedic Services

Baton Rouge General is home to some of the area's finest general surgeons and orthopedic specialists. With its full-service orthopedics program, we offer both inpatient and outpatient services and are fully equipped with the latest technology and a team of experts ready to help you heal and achieve your recovery goals.


Baton Rouge General has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for quality and efficiency in Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care, which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety, as well as new cost-efficiency measures. 

The Baton Rouge General's joint replacement education program, Joint Success, is prepared by our expert care team to ensure you have a safe and speedy recovery. We are continuously researching, observing and practicing all aspects of joint replacement recovery to make certain you have the most positive outcome possible.  

For more information on the orthopedic services at Baton Rouge General, please call (225) 763-4601 or email ortho@brgeneral.org.

Due to arthritis or injury, you may find it hard for you to perform simple activities, such as walking or climbing stairs. You may even begin to feel pain while you are sitting or lying down. How you and your doctor decide upon treatment depends on things such as your age, your activity level, and the degree of pain and disability you are experiencing. If nonsurgical treatments like medications and using walking supports are no longer helpful, you may want to consider knee or hip replacement surgery.


Total hip replacement is a surgical procedure for replacing the hip joint. During the surgical procedure, the hip socket and the head of the thighbone (femur) are removed and replaced with smooth artificial surfaces. Total hip replacements are usually performed for severe arthritic conditions, but can also be necessary for other problems, such as hip fracture or a vascular necrosis.

A total hip replacement will provide pain relief in 90% - 95% of patients. It will allow you to carry out many normal activities of daily living. Most patients with stiffness in their hip before surgery will regain near-normal motion.


Total knee replacement is a surgical procedure that involves removing the knee joint and replacing it with metal and plastic surfaces. This is most commonly performed due to an arthritic knee in which the smooth surface cartilage has worn away and bone is rubbing against bone. When this happens, significant pain and deformity will result. Generally when pain is severe enough to restrict work, recreation, and activities of daily living, a knee replacement is necessary.

This type of surgery should provide pain relief for approximately ten years and may allow you to return to regular activities. About 90% of patients who undergo knee surgery will have better motion but still may not be able to participate in activities that overload the artificial knee. It is important that you follow your physicians and physical therapist's recommendations when it comes to activity after knee replacement.

If you would like to learn more about the Joint Replacement program, please complete the form below and a Baton Rouge General representative will contact you.

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Following your orthopedic surgery, your doctor may order physical and/or occupational therapy services to begin the rehabilitation process as early as the day of your surgery. Your therapist will work with you one-on-one to develop goals and treatments for your postoperative care.

Our therapists are experienced in the restriction and care involved with your procedure and will work with you to regain your prior level of function and independence. This may include: walking, moving from bed to chair, dressing, bathing, equipment needs, stair training and fall prevention.

Although you will probably want to take it easy at first, early mobilization is vital and will help counteract the effects of the anesthesia and encourage healing. To get the total benefit of your joint replacement and to regain the quality of life you desire, you must be committed to exercising, staying active and continuing your exercise program even on those days when it may seem difficult.

Prior to discharge, the therapists will make a recommendation regarding proper discharge disposition. The Baton Rouge General offers services to continue your rehabilitation including: 
For more information, please call (225) 763-4050 or (225) 381-6520 or email rehab@brgeneral.org.
Baton Rouge General Medical Center has two Licensed Skilled Nursing Units that aim to combine the advantages of the rehabilitation and 24-hour skilled nursing care, helping return our patients back to the life they were leading prior to hospitalization. Our staff provides an environment of caring and compassion with a focus on assisting patients to regain their quality of life.

Our Multidisciplinary staff includes:
  • Doctors with specialized training and experience in internal medicine and care of the geriatric population
  • Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists 
  • Speech therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Dietitians 
  • Pharmacists 
  • Activities coordinator
  • Case managers/social workers 
  • Ancillary (assisting) service 

Our Skilled Nursing Unit offers a variety of support services and amenities for the patients we treat and their families, including:
  • Private-room setting that allows for adequate resting, visitation by friends and family and privacy
  • Weekly care planning conferences with interdisciplinary treatment teams 
  • One-on-one patient/family education and/or training sessions 
  • Community re-entry training environments, including a fully functional simulated house
  • Onsite washer/dryer for patient/family use 
  • Activities for patients 
  • Comprehensive discharge planning 

Services provided on the Skilled Unit:
  • Therapy services: Physical, Occupational, Speech therapy
  • Wound care
  • IV antibiotics
  • 24 hour skilled nursing services

Admission to the Skilled Unit
Patients can be referred for an skilled stay by their doctor, home health nurse or therapist, family or anyone associated with the patient who feels our services could be beneficial. Our Clinical Liaisons will come out to meet with the patient and family to discuss our facility and the admissions process.

If you have questions or would like to speak with someone regarding the services provided on the rehabilitation unit or about getting someone into our facility, please call 225-381-7161 and ask to speak with one of our Clinical Liaisons.


Address:8585 Picardy Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA, 70809
(225) 763-4000


Address:3600 Florida Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA, 70806
(225) 387-7000