Leading the Pack
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital is a trailblazer when it comes to minimally invasive outpatient joint replacement. Nitin Goyal, MD, and colleagues at the Inova Joint Replacement Center performed the first outpatient knee and hip replacements in the Northern Virginia area.
Dr. Goyal is a hip and knee replacement surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery and cutting-edge pain management techniques.
“Our use of minimally invasive surgical techniques along with tightly controlled anesthesia protocols, modern pain management techniques and early physical therapy gets people up and moving quickly,” Dr. Goyal says.
With board-certified orthopedic surgeons, specially trained nurse therapists and other healthcare professionals working in tandem to make sure patients receive the highest level of care, it’s no wonder the center has been awarded prestigious rankings. The Inova Joint Replacement Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for outstanding care in hip and knee replacements. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Inova Mount Vernon Hospital as nationally “high performing” in knee replacement.
All Gain, Less Pain
Having joint surgery doesn’t have to mean a lengthy or painful recovery. At the Inova Joint Replacement Center at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, the medical team uses multimodal pain management — a combination of different types of pain medications, injections in the knee joint at the time of surgery as well as regional anesthesia to decrease the amount of postoperative pain.
“We use multimodal pain management, which means attacking pain using several different methods,” says Dr. Goyal. “Our goal is to keep our patients as comfortable as possible while limiting the negative effects of narcotics, which include dizziness, sleepiness, constipation and overall not feeling good. We want people to return to all activity, including sports, so they can get back to living their lives and staying healthy.”