Joint replacement is a surgery to replace a natural joint with a man-made joint. The two most common types of replacement are hip and knee. At the Penn State Bone and Joint Institute, we perform more than 1,000 joint replacement procedures every year.
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By bringing together experts from multiple specialties into our 52,000 square foot facility, we can collaboratively treat patients with effective results. Each physician has pursued formal fellowship training and developed subspecialty interests in addition to general orthopaedics.
We offer state-of-the-art computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, as well as comprehensive therapy services. Our outpatient rehabilitation facility is home to a unique underwater treadmill system that accelerates recovery.
An integrated approach combines a team of dedicated physician assistants, orthopaedic nurses, anesthesia teams, and physical therapists to ensure a safe and successful outcome.. Weekly joint replacement education classes prepare patients for their pre-operative, hospital, and rehabilitation experiences.
During your surgery, damaged cartilage and bone are removed from the knee or hip joint. Man-made pieces are then placed in the joint area. During the surgery, you will not feel any pain. Both hip and knee surgeries typically take about two hours.
Most joint replacement patients spend one night in the hospital, and then go home the following day. For some patients, these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis. Though patients continue to see improvements in function for up to a year after the surgery, most of the recovery occurs in the first 6–8 weeks. For patients who may need extra help during recovery, our discharge planning team will work with your insurance company, home nursing, home therapy, rehabilitation hospitals, or extended care facilities to help coordinate additional services. These post-operative rehabilitation services generally require insurance provider approval, and availability may vary depending on your insurance plan.
For knee replacements, we also offer partial knee replacement, which is a less invasive alternative than a total replacement. The procedure preserves bone and reproduces more normal knee motion, and has a faster recovery, lower risk of infection, and fewer blood transfusions. While total knee replacement remains the gold standard treatment for severe knee arthritis, partial knee replacement can be an excellent option for select patients.
Most hip and knee replacements are very successful and last for a long time, but occasionally a replacement fails sooner than we’d like. Revising a hip or knee replacement is done commonly, and the joint replacement surgeons at the Bone and Joint Institute have extensive experience with revisions. Some of these revision surgeries are quite complicated while others are more straightforward depending on the patient’s particular circumstances.
The healthcare team at Penn State Health is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care through a coordinated team approach.
Departments and centers that play a role in treating joint replacement include:
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