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Joint Replacement

World-class care in a convenient setting

Arthritis and injury can cause severe pain. For some people, a total joint replacement is the best solution for pain relief.

At CHA, our skilled surgeons can implant a synthetic joint in place of a worn-out joint, to reduce pain and get you back to a more active life.

Whether you need a knee, hip, or shoulder replacement, you’ll get world-class care in a convenient setting. We’re proud of our safety record and have some of the lowest infection and complication rates in the region.

Services

  • Total knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy

Our Expert Teams

  • Dr. Sam Doppelt, Tamara Decker, PA-C, and Mike Metzmaker, PA-C
  • Dr. Mercedes von Deck and Taylor Hoff, PA-C
  • Dr. William Doherty and Elyse Archila, PA-C
  • Dr. Jason Freedman and Corey Williams, PA-C
  • Pre-op Clinic: Lauren Almeida, PA-C

Is Joint Replacement Surgery Right For You?

Joint replacement surgery is a fantastic option for many people, but it's not right for everyone. In order to give you the best outcome, our patients need to complete our pre-surgery checklist. Your CHA care team will review these with you at your appointments and work with you to make sure you meet all the requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I know if I need a joint replacement?

    Arthritis and injury can cause severe pain, making everyday activities and exercise difficult. X-rays can help show us how severe your arthritis is. For some people, a joint replacement is the best solution. The skilled surgeons at CHA can implant a synthetic joint in place of a worn-out joint, to help reduce pain and get you back to a more active life.

  • Who will benefit from joint replacement surgery?

    Joint replacement surgery is not right for everyone. To ensure the best outcomes, you must meet the requirements to qualify for joint replacement. These include clearance from your primary care physician and dentist, a body mass index (BMI) under 40, well-controlled blood sugars if you are diabetic, no smoking, and attending a CHA Total Joint Class.

    Please refer to our Pre-Op Requirements for Total Joint Surgery section to learn more.

  • How long does the surgery take?

    It varies, but it usually takes 3-4 hours. After surgery, you will be admitted directly to the hospital to start your recovery.

  • How long will I be in the hospital after surgery?

    Most people stay in the hospital for 2-4 days after surgery.

  • How long will I have pain after my surgery?

    Pain is usually greatest during the first 3-4 days after surgery. Your doctor, nurses, and rehabilitation staff will work together to help with this. We will coordinate therapy with pain medications to help reduce your pain. The pain will improve but may take a few months to go away.

  • When can I walk on my new joint?

    Everyone will get up with the help of physical therapy (PT) the first morning after surgery! It is important to start moving the new joint right away and put as much weight as you can on the leg. You can use a rolling walker and will receive pain medications to reduce your pain.

  • Will I go home or to a rehab?

    Your surgical team will talk with you about leaving the hospital. They will develop a discharge plan based on your needs (level of function, other medical conditions, and the support you have at home). A case manager will also look at your insurance coverage. Many patients go directly home after surgery, often with a home nurse and physical therapist to see them in the weeks after surgery. Others go to short-term rehab for 1-2 weeks after surgery before going home.

  • When can I travel safely?

    Flying and travel greater than 1-2 hours are not recommended for the first 2-3 months after surgery. Short trips may be fine, but we recommend you stop and take short breaks to walk about and move your new joint 2 times an hour.

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