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Welcome to Joint Journey

What’s a Joint Journey? A journey that helps you return to doing the things you love!

Joint replacement can extend and improve individuals’ quality of life using time-tested, effective materials and procedures. It can help alleviate pain and allow a return to daily activities.

The highly skilled surgeons at Stevens Point Orthopedics have been performing hip, knee, and shoulder replacements for more than 20 years. Our joint coordinator, Shawn Dombrowski, RN, has worked with thousands of joint patients over the last 10 years.

Renee Vande Laarschot, MS, PT, our joint physical therapist, has more than 20 years of experience and extensive knowledge working with total joint replacement patients.

Education is an important first step in helping patients prepare for their joint replacement at Stevens Point Orthopedics. Patients will also be encouraged to designate a “coach” to help and share in their Joint Journey.

Shawn and Renee will meet individually with patients and their coaches prior to surgery, educating them on the surgical procedure and expectations, instructing them on the pre-operative and post-operative exercises, and helping them acquire medical equipment.

They will also meet with them in the hospital, and follow up with them for several weeks after surgery.

Shawn and Renee work very closely with the rest of the SPO team to help provide an individualized and personalized experience. Patients are even provided with a direct cell or office number in order to contact Shawn or Renee with any questions or concerns. Both individuals are only a phone call away.

No other program in the area takes a more personalized, comprehensive approach to every facet of your joint replacement – from initial evaluation to full recovery.

Our unmatched experience and commitment to your health and well-being means you can trust Stevens Point Orthopedics with your joint replacement. Whether you live in Marshfield, Mosinee, Wisconsin Rapids, Waupaca, Wausau, the Northwoods, Plover, Stevens Point, or anywhere in between, we are here to provide you with an exceptional experience throughout your Joint Journey!

Shawn Dombrowski, RN

Shawn Dombrowski, RN

Joint Coordinator

Renee Vande Laarschot MS, PT

Renee Vande Laarschot MS, PT

Joint Physical Therapist

Our Experts Are Ready To Help.

Shawn is very knowledgeable, and no question is too basic for her to answer. I left feeling she covered every detail, and I have complete confidence in her and Doctor Williams [for my joint replacement].

Three months out from shoulder surgery and the results are great! No longer have pain and have regained full range of motion. Dr. Troyer is a great surgeon.

Renee is an excellent therapist, love her!

Shawn is wonderful! I’ve been under her care for a couple of surgeries and she is caring, professional, knowledgeable, and very kind. She is a genuine asset to the clinic.

Dr. Haemmerle is an excellent doctor! He replaced my knee and will soon be doing surgery on a finger. He is caring and knowledgeable and listens to what you have to say!

Whatever concerns or frustrations I felt during this lengthy process of shoulder surgery, Dr. Troyer has eased my concerns and frustrations. His whole team is exceptional, however his knowledge, patience and experience is beyond words.

I’ve had Dr. Williams replace both of my hips and am entirely pleased with the results. I never thought that I would ever consent to a hip replacement but the pain got to the point where I was left with no option. Dr. Williams re-assured me that the procedure would give me the relief that I needed and he was right.

She [Renee] is very good and took all the time I needed to review what I had to do [for my joint replacement].

Shawn is a professional in every way. She carefully explains details in a warm and caring fashion.

Shawn is very friendly and professional. Never makes me feel rushed. Oh, and she really knows her stuff!

Dr. Troyer is a terrific surgeon. He did a total reverse shoulder surgery on me and the result is amazing, basically pain free and range of motion is returning quicker than I thought possible. He is the best, I highly recommend him.

Having a doctor/surgeon that through their experience, knowledge and understanding makes you feel your well-being and health is his primary goal is priceless. Having complete faith in your doctor after surgery and having them walk the road to recovery with you I believe is crucial to a strong, healthy healing process. Dr. Joshua Troyer gives me that piece of mind.

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SPO is proud to partner with and operate in the Ambulatory Surgical Center of Stevens Point (ASC). They have been recognized on Newsweek’s list of Best Ambulatory Surgical Centers in 2021, showcasing their strong culture and values focused on clinical quality, service excellence and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consider scheduling your joint replacement at the ASC!

Patient Resources

To download your documents, click the “Download” button under your joint replacement type, and a zipped folder will be downloaded to your computer. To open this folder, either double-click or right click and select “Extract All”.

Hip Replacement

Hip Replacement

Included Documents:

  • Welcome to Your Joint Journey
  • Care Coordination
  • Edema (Swelling) Control Following Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Helpful Information Following Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Hip Precautions
  • Hip Replacement Activities of Daily Living
  • Hip Replacement Guidelines for Activities
  • Hip Replacement Rehab Exercises
  • Hip Replacement Sexual Activity
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Management and Activities Following Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Possible Complications
  • Preparing Your Home
  • Role of the Coach
  • Total Hip Arthroplasty FAQs
  • Vehicle & Driving After Hip Replacement Surgery
Knee Replacement

Knee Replacement

Included Documents:

  • Welcome to Your Joint Journey
  • Care Coordination
  • Edema (Swelling) Control Following Knee Replacemnt Surgery
  • Helpful Information Following Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Replacement Activities of Daily Living
  • Knee Replacement Guidelines for Activities
  • Knee Replacement Rehab Exercises
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Management and Expectations Following Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Possible Complications
  • Preparing Your Home
  • Role of the Coach
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty FAQs
  • Vehicles & Driving After Knee Replacement Surgery
Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder Replacement

Included Documents:

  • Welcome to Your Joint Journey
  • Care Coordination
  • Pain Management
  • Possible Complications
  • Preparing Your Home
  • Preparing Your Skin Before Your Shoulder Replacement
  • Role of the Coach
  • Shoulder Replacement Activities of Daily Living
  • Shoulder Replacement Rehab Exercises
  • Sling Instructions After Your Shoulder Experience
  • Total Shoulder Arthroplasty FAQs
  • Total Shoulder Precautions

Managing Pain Before Surgery

Joint Replacement Education Night

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