What to Expect for Joint Replacement Surgery

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The MemorialCare Joint Replacement Centers, located in in Los Angeles and Orange County, California, are here to get you back into the swing of things. From joint replacement surgery through joint replacement rehabilitation, our expert team will coach you through the road to recovery.

Joint Replacement Specialists

Joint replacement specialists are trained and experienced in advanced surgical techniques for joint replacement. Orhtopedic surgeons perform joint replacement surgeries with orthopedic-trained nurses and other health care specialists.

Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery

Many joint replacements can be performed with a minimally invasive approach, resulting in a smaller incision, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. With less invasive procedures, we see the same long-term outcomes as traditional surgeries but with dramatically less collateral damage to soft tissue. Patients have less scarring, less pain and quicker recovery times.

Joint Replacement Prosthetics and Implants

Newly designed, longer lasting joint prosthetics have made knee and hip replacement an option for younger, active patients who previously were not considered candidates for joint replacement surgery. Using newly designed joint replacement implants that are less bulky and more durable, increasing the longevity of the implant. These durable implants have made minimally invasive hip and knee replacements a new option for many younger, more active patients who were not considered candidates for hip or knee replacement surgery in the past. The surgeon decides which type of implant and implant material – metal, plastic or ceramic – are best is best for you.

Guiding You from Joint Replacement to Recovery

At the MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center we guide you every step of the way. Preparation, education, continuity of care and a pre-planned discharge are essential for optimal results in joint replacement surgery. The surgery aims to relieve your pain, restore your independence and return you to work and other daily activities as quickly as possible.

Patient Guidebooks

Pre and Post-Surgery Education for Joint Replacement

Joint replacement education plays an important role in achieving successful rehabilitation outcomes. Patients and their families attend joint replacement educational classes prior to joint replacement surgery to help them understand what to expect at the Joint Replacement Center, including the importance of immediately beginning joint replacement therapy as soon as the day of or day after joint replacement surgery. The joint replacement education doesn’t stop there, it continues into the joint replacement therapy and post-operative sessions to learn what patients need to do to recover as quickly as possible and how family members/friends can help them get back to their daily activities.

Post-Surgery Therapy for Joint Replacement

Group settings are another key component of the Joint Replacement Center that sets it apart from a typical hospital visit. Patients participate in joint replacement group therapy, have lunch with fellow patients and attend joint replacement educational classes together. Since the experience at the Joint Replacement Center is unlike the traditional hospital setting it is important for patients to know what to expect and understand what the experience will be like.