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Joint Replacement

Total Joint Replacement is a great option for many patients who have severe pain caused by arthritis or injury. During this procedure, CHA surgeons implant a synthetic joint in place of a worn-out joint. The most common surgeries are knee and hip replacements.

CHA uses a nationally-recognized clinical pathway to ensure that each patient gets the best possible care. Every one of our patients meets with our "joint coach," a registered nurse who helps you with pre-surgery testing and screenings, and helps plan your recovery. We are proud of our safety record, and we have some of the lowest infection and complication rates in the region.

What is Total Joint Replacement?

Total Joint Replacement is a surgical procedure where an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. Joints are places where two or more bones connect together.

Why have Total Joint Replacement?

When cartilage in the joint is damaged or weakened by arthritis or fractures, joints may become stiff and painful. When this happens, the pain may become so severe that patients will avoid using the joint or "favor" it. This weakens the muscle surrounding the joint, making movement more difficult. A Total Joint Replacement may be considered if non-surgical treatment options do not relieve pain.

Who qualifies for Total Joint Replacement?

Our Orthopaedic surgeons will perform a physical examination, diagnostic tests, and X-rays to determine the needs of each patient.

  • Don't respond to medication or physical therapy treatment
  • Have trouble using walking aids
  • Have chronic pain that limits daily activities, continues while resting and interferes with function
  • Cannot walk more than two blocks

Life after a Total Joint Replacement.

Most people who have a joint replacement will experience a dramatic reduction in joint pain and regain the ability to enjoy daily activities of work and play. There are a few rules that will help increase the life of the new joint. People who have had a joint replacement should NOT:

  • Participate in activities that may cause pain
  • Jar the joint in activities like running or jumping
  • Put the joint in extreme range of motion
  • Gain significant weight - this will put more strain on the joint