Struggling With Joint Pain?
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If hip or knee pain and stiffness are truly preventing you from being yourself and living your life, it may be time to consider joint replacement at University Hospitals. Realize your potential and start living. Walk into a new beginning of long-term relief, mobility, and a renewed quality of life.
Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio
When You May Need a Hip or Knee Replacement
We may recommend total hip or knee joint replacement surgery if your joint pain:
- Cannot be relieved with medications, assistive devices or physical therapy
- Affects your ability to get a good night’s sleep
- Restricts your ability to work, exercise or perform day-to-day activities
- Affects your quality of life in other ways
Benefits of Hip and Knee Joint Replacements
- Reduced joint pain or joint pain relief
- Increased ability to stand, walk and return to low impact activities like golf, biking, hiking and many other types of exercise
- Improved and more restful sleep
- Improved quality of life
- Increased mobility
- Increased movement and range of motion
- Improved overall joint strength and function
- Improved overall health
Quality Total Joint Replacement Care
UH orthopedic doctors are committed to providing a safe hospital experience and high-quality results at all of our locations throughout Northeast Ohio. To accomplish this, we’ve implemented our High Reliability Medicine Program (HRM) that focuses on standardizing care and continuous process improvement. Our team meets monthly to analyze our patient care and develop plans to incorporate the latest innovations and improvements in care at all locations. By standardizing our approach, we are able to provide consistent high-quality orthopedic care, regardless of where you go within our health care system.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Types of Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons have specialized training in knee and hip replacement and are experts in performing:
- Anterior approach for hip replacement
- Hip arthroplasty
- Hip revision surgery
- Knee arthroplasty
- Partial hip replacement
- Partial knee replacement
- Total hip replacement
- Total knee replacement
- What to Expect from Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery
Our team will evaluate your hip or knee joint issues or concerns, discuss medical and surgical treatment options, and develop a treatment plan. One of our joint replacement surgeons will meet with you and a family member to explain your joint replacement procedure, and a patient navigator will guide you through the preparation, surgery and recovery process.
We want all of our patients and their families to be fully informed about the entire surgical process and have an extensive educational program for our patients, called Joint Camp.
Day of surgery
During the procedure, your knee or hip joint replacement surgeon will remove the damaged parts of your joint and replace them with artificial components, called implants. Since there are various types of artificial joints available, your surgeon will select the one that is ideal for you and your needs.
You will likely receive physical therapy at home for a short period after a one- or two-day stay in the hospital, followed by outpatient therapy for several weeks. Most patients have a very rapid recovery, but complete recovery from hip or knee total replacement may take three to six months or longer.
- Why choose UH?
Joint Replacement Leaders Since 1969
University Hospitals orthopedic surgeons were among the first in the world to perform total hip replacement surgery, and today our team continues this history of innovative excellence. Our orthopedic care specialists perform thousands of hip and knee replacements each year and we are consistently recognized as one of the best programs in the nation.
A Patient’s Perspective on Her Knee Replacement Surgery
"I knew it was time for knee replacement surgery when I couldn't play with my 3-year-old grandson. I also couldn't do the hiking I love. When I decided it couldn't wait any longer, I chose the joint replacement surgeons at UH. I went through the pre-surgery education classes that were offered and felt personally ready and very well supported by the staff. After surgery and rehab, my goal was simply walking up the stairs – but now I'm even back to hiking. My life has truly been changed for the better, and I can play with my grandson pain-free.” – Rebecca Campell
Your Joint Replacement Journey: A Doctor’s Perspective
Our team of medical experts work together in a communicative and collaborative nature to find the best treatment plan for each patient. UH orthopedic surgeon Matthew Kraay, MD, explains the UH team approach to hip and knee replacement.
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Joint-Preserving Procedures Delay or Eliminate Joint Replacement
If your hip or knee joint pain is minor, joint-preserving procedures may be a first step in delaying joint replacement or even as an alternative to total joint replacement. We offer several joint-preserving procedures, including:
- Joint debridement: This treatment removes bone spurs and damaged tissues around the hip or knee joints that can cause pain.
- Realignment osteotomy: This treatment corrects hip or knee deformities, realigns the abnormal joint and shifts weight to a normal part of the joint.