Knee, Hip, Shoulder and Ankle Joint Replacement
Joints are involved in almost every activity. Movements such as walking, bending and turning require the use of your hip and knee joints. The shoulder is also a joint and is considered the most flexible joint in the body, allowing you to move your arm in various positions.
Each year, millions of people undergo joint replacement surgery in the U.S. Primary candidates for joint replacement surgery are typically individuals with chronic joint pain that interferes with daily activities, such as getting out of a chair, going upstairs, sleeping and walking.
Joint replacement surgery is only recommended after an examination and diagnosis of your particular joint problem. Joint replacement surgery is usually the last line of treatment after conservative measures, such as exercise, physical therapy and medications have proven ineffective to relieve your pain.
The decision to have joint replacement surgery should be a cooperative one between you, your family, your physician and your orthopedic surgeon. If you have been living with chronic joint pain, schedule a consult with a surgeon from the MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center at Long Beach Medical Center to learn more about your condition and potential treatment options.
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The MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center offers joint replacement surgery to patients looking for more permanent solutions for chronic pain that affects their quality of life. We offer joint replacement surgery for the knee, hip and shoulder by an experienced orthopedic surgery team. When the joint becomes diseased or injured, the resulting pain can severely limit your ability to move and work. The most common reason for joint replacement surgery is severe osteoarthritis (OA). Joint replacement surgery involves the removal of damaged or diseased parts of the joint, replacing them with artificial components, called a prosthesis (implant). The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint. Your surgeon will discuss the type of implant that will be used for your joint replacement surgery. Recommendations for surgery are based on a patient's pain and disability, not age.
The decision to have elective joint replacement surgery is the first step toward a healthier lifestyle. Our program is designed to return you to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
Racing motocross competitively two month post Mako™ Partial Knee.
Over the years, joint replacement techniques and instrumentation have undergone countless improvements. The experienced surgeons at Long Beach Medical Center embrace advanced technology in joint replacement technology.
One of the latest advancements in technology is a robotic-assisted surgical technology called Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery, bringing a new level of precision to treating patients with knee and hip pain. Mako is often preferred by younger, more active patients because it typically results in a faster recovery and quicker return to recreational sports and activities from before surgery. Mako Technology also reduces the percentage of patients that will require a revision surgery in their lifetime.
Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery is an innovative solution for people suffering from painful arthritis of the knee or hip. Mako Technology uses a 3D CT-based planning software so skilled surgeons can know more about your unique anatomy to create a personalized joint replacement surgical plan. Mako Technology procedures we offer include:
Our experienced surgery team with one of our Mako Systems
We are a leader in Southern California in hip and knee replacements — where a revolutionary philosophy encourages patients to become active as soon as possible, often on the same day of joint replacement surgery.
Patients, their families, volunteers and staff work together after surgery as the patient starts “Cruising to Recovery." With a dedicated team of joint replacement specialists, the MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center offers the latest and most effective treatments for total joint replacement.
We offer private patient rooms, a group therapy room, patient education including pre-operative class, discharge class and patient guidebooks, family-centered care, rehab coaches and group lunches, all in one dedicated area with outstanding outcomes.
Our team includes physicians, physician assistants, patient care assistants, nurses, orthopedic technicians, and physical and occupational therapists specializing in joint care. Every detail, from per-operative teaching to post-operative exercising, is considered and reviewed with you. The joint care coordinator will plan your individual treatment program and act as your guide.
Preparation, education, continuity of care and pre-planned discharge are essential for optimum results in joint surgery. A special class is help weekly for patients scheduled for joint surgery. You should plan to attend a class prior to your surgery. You will only need to attend one class. Members of the care team will be there to answer your questions. It is strongly suggested that you bring a family member or friend to act as your “coach” (someone who will be with you in the hospital and/or at home). The outline of the class is as follows:
View the online class.
We provide patients that participate in the pre-operative class with a pre-operative guidebook that is used as a communication tool for patients, physicians, physical and occupational therapists and nurses. It is designed to educate you so that you know:
Remember, this is just a guide. Keep your guidebook as a handy reference for at least the first year after your surgery. Your care team may add to or change any of the recommendations. Always use their recommendation first and ask questions if you are unsure of any information.
We are recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a high-performing hospital for knee and hip replacements. The MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center is constantly measuring patient outcomes against national standards.
*National average data comes from Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company's database 2020 (most recent public data)
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MemorialCare accepts most major HMO, PPO, and EPO, health plans, as well as Medicare, private indemnity and supplemental insurance plans.
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Degenerative joint diseases (DJDs) are chronic conditions often resulting in pain and the loss of an active lifestyle and quality of life. There are different types of DJD that can affect the hip, see "Types" below:
The knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move. When any of these structures is hurt or diseased knee problems occur, pain and difficulty walking can be the result.
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Ankle injuries can set the stage for osteoarthritis to develop. One of the best ways to alleviate the pain associated with arthritis in the ankle is to undergo total ankle replacement surgery, also known as ankle arthroplasty.
MemorialCare offers Mako® Partial Knee — an innovative treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. By selectively targeting the part of the knee damaged by osteoarthritis, our surgeon can resurface your knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it.
Severe knee pain is an ailment that many Americans endure. One of the most effective ways to correct the problem is with knee replacement surgery. In fact, the procedure is so effective that around 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States.
Located throughout Orange County and Los Angeles County, MemorialCare-affiliated physicians are locally and nationally recognized in their area of expertise. We've made it easy to find a quality healthcare provider right in your own backyard.
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