Joint replacement surgery removes damage in the joint by putting in a replacement joint (also called a prosthesis). There are many reasons why a joint becomes damaged, but the most common one is known as "wear and tear" arthritis. When the protective cushion of cartilage covering the ends of bones breaks down and wears away, it causes irritation, stiffness and pain.
When medication or physical therapy can no longer manage the pain and it drastically limits your activity, it may be time to consider seeing an orthopedic surgeon. Joint replacement can relieve pain and help you move and feel better. Our multidisciplinary joint care teams are comprised of board-certified orthopedists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, nurses, physical therapists and joint specialists who provide a full range of treatment options for your individual joint needs.
Joint treatments and procedures
If non-surgical treatments like physical therapy and medication don’t bring relief, you may be a candidate for joint replacement. Offering both traditional and robotic surgery options, our goal at Los Robles is to get you moving again.
Whether you’re dealing with arthritis or joint pain from a serious injury, Los Robles Health System provides comprehensive joint care, including imaging, treatments, surgeries and rehabilitation. We provide a completely patient-focused experience. Members of our team will be with you every step of the way to ensure your surgery and recovery is a complete success. Our services include:
Hip replacement surgery has been around for more than 125 years. In fact, According to the American Academy of Orthopedics, the procedure is performed more than 300,000 times every year in the U.S. The procedure involves removing the arthritic ends of bone and damaged cartilage and replacing them with prosthetic implants designed to move like a healthy hip. Learn more about Total Hip Replacement Surgery and how it works.
New approaches in Total Hip Surgery include Anterior Hip Replacement. Advantages utilizing this approach include:
- Less damage to major muscles as there are fewer muscles at the front of the hip and the surgeon works between them versus cutting through muscle fibers.
- Less post-operative pain and faster recovery due to less trauma to the hip.
- Fewer post-surgical precautions – after hip surgery patients are often given a list of movements and activities that are off limits for the first 6 weeks after surgery. The Anterior approach tends to allow for less restrictions post surgery.
Robotic Arm Total Hip Replacement — Using a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy and a robotic arm, this technology helps surgeons plan and perform your joint replacement surgery.
Knee replacement surgery has come a long way and depending on what you and your doctor decide, there are several options from total knee to partial knee replacement. Learn more about Total Knee Replacement and Partial Knee Replacement Surgery.
Robotic Arm Total Knee Replacement — Using a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy and a robotic arm, the robot helps surgeons plan and perform your joint replacement surgery.
The shoulder is used in just about every move we make – from dressing to eating to writing to lifting – our shoulders help us with our everyday tasks. That’s why shoulder pain can be so debilitating Los Robles offers patients the full suite of shoulder treatments, procedures and surgical techniques including total shoulder replacement. Learn more about Total Shoulder Replacement.
Having Joint Replacement Surgery
Our Total Joint Program has been carefully developed to accommodate the needs of our patients. We have made it our goal to create a program that is personalized and that allows each individual the ability to recover in the comfort of their own home after their stay at the hospital.
Deciding to have surgery
Deciding on joint replacement surgery is a big decision. Whether it is for knee replacement, hip replacement or any other joint replacement, we want to make sure you have all the information you need for a positive experience and a successful outcome. We believe the more information and clear understanding you have about your total joint procedure, the better prepared you will be to recover quickly and get back to your normal activities.
Once you and your physician decide on a surgery date, you will be scheduled to attend a pre-surgical education class held every week. You will learn about what to expect before, during and after surgery. We will provide information, such as:
- Discuss your pre-surgery instructions
- Review home safety for a successful recovery
- Provide day-of-surgery instructions
- Explain your daily patient care map
- Review your discharge instructions
- Explain common terminology
On average, the total surgery time is anticipated to last one to two hours with additional time for preparation, anesthesia and recovery. Our goal is to prepare you for discharge after a two or three day stay at our hospital, so that you can finish the recovery process in the comfort of your own home and return to your active lifestyle.
Preparing for your surgery
When preparing for your surgery, we recommend that you complete all required surgical clearance tests that your doctor has ordered. In order to facilitate this process, our hospital provides the following services:
- EKG tests
- Blood work
- Chest X-rays
Speak with your physician about the medications that you take at home, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will allow your physician to make any modifications prior to your surgery. In addition, it is important to leave any medications that you have at home, unless instructed to do otherwise. We will provide all medications that you need to take during your hospital stay.
Upon your arrival, you will be registered and taken to our pre-surgical care unit to begin the preparation for surgery. You will be seen by an anesthesiologist and have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. Upon the completion of your surgery, you will be transferred to our Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) for the initial recovery phase. Once your physician has cleared you, you will be transferred to a private room to continue your recovery.
During the procedure, your friends and family will be able to wait in our comfortable surgical lobby. Our lobby is equipped with state-of-the-art patient tracking monitors that displays information through a personal code that is only made available to your designated family and friends.
Once you have been transferred to your private room, you will be introduced to the rest of your clinical team that will be working with you during the remainder of your stay. You will be oriented to your room and shown how to communicate with staff. Our nurses will provide you with all of your medications and assist you in managing your pain effectively. Each morning, you will be provided with an activity plan that describes the itinerary for the day. The developed plans will provide you with tips that you should follow and your physical therapy sessions.
Physical Therapy sessions begin the day of surgery and continue throughout your hospital stay. Our staff will work with you during your exercise program in regaining mobility and function following your surgery.