Arthritis, falls, injuries and everyday wear and tear can take a toll on your joints. Symptoms range from pain and stiffness to trouble walking. If your joints can’t be repaired, it may be time to think about joint replacement.
Joint replacement uses long-lasting materials and advanced methods to replace your damaged joint with an artificial one called an implant. Orthopedic surgeons at PeaceHealth often perform hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgery using minimally invasive approaches, including robotic-assisted surgery. This can mean smaller incisions (cuts), less pain and faster healing.
Every year, nationally recognized orthopedic surgeons at PeaceHealth perform nearly 2,000 hip and knee replacements. From surgery through rehabilitation, our trusted specialists offer support that’s focused on you.
What to expect
Your personal experience will depend on the type of joint replacement you need. To get you ready for surgery, you may go to educational classes or receive written information. Most joint replacement patients have general anesthesia and are asleep during the procedure. If your surgery is minor, you may stay awake and have local anesthesia to numb the surgical area. After making one or more small incisions (cuts), your surgeon will remove or resurface the damaged bones and replace them with the artificial pieces. Most surgeries take about two to four hours. When the implants are in place and the new joint is working as it should, the surgeon will close the incision using stitches, staples or a special type of cement. These may dissolve on their own or may need to be removed about 10 days after surgery. You will likely begin rehabilitation with our physical and occupational therapists within a day or two after your surgery (which may continue after you leave the hospital). Most patients spend three to four days in the hospital. You may need a caregiver at home for the first several weeks to help you care for yourself. You will see your surgeon for several follow-up visits to check how you’re healing. Most patients are fully recovered within several months to a year.
PeaceHealth is a regional and national leader in joint replacement. You’re cared for by expert orthopedic surgeons and specialists who focus on your needs.
One of the nation’s best hospitals for hip and knee replacement
PeaceHealth has been named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the United States for Total Joint Replacement. This distinction from the BlueCross BlueShield Association recognizes facilities that deliver evidence-based quality care. Because our surgeons perform more than 1,000 procedures every year patients can depend on expert surgical care and pre-op and post-op services to meet your specific needs.
First to perform anterior hip replacement surgery
A surgeon at PeaceHealth was the first in Oregon to perform anterior (front) approach hip surgery, which causes less muscle damage and enhances outcomes.
Minimally invasive and robotic-assisted joint replacement
Orthopedic surgeons at PeaceHealth perform hip and knee replacements using minimally invasive methods. These include the advanced Mako robotic-assisted surgical system, which is designed to be more precise and accurate.
State-of-the-art surgical suites
Orthopedic surgeons at PeaceHealth perform surgery in our “Smart OR” surgical suites. These technologically advanced operating rooms permit 3-D image-guided surgery and let surgeons access images during surgery and send them to specialists for real-time consultations.
Comprehensive care from surgery to rehabilitation
The Joint Replacement Center's Back On Track Program at PeaceHealth offers a planned course of treatment that supports wellness and recovery. Programs include surgery preparation, postoperative group physical therapy, “coaching” training for a family member or friend, private rooms and a personal coordinator.