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Joint Replacement - Road to Recovery

Your joints have taken you far. Now, it’s time to go farther. At MemorialCare Joint Replacement Centers, we offer a complete spectrum of care including hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacement, to support your long-lasting results. From expert orthopedic specialists, to being ranked among the nation’s top 10 percent orthopedic hospitals, you’ll find the joint care you need to move forward.

We also encourage same-day movement, allowing most patients to go home less than two days after surgery so future adventures are as close as your next step. Here’s to feeling like yourself again.

Saddleback Medical Center has earned the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Center of Distinction for Knee and Hip Replacement and also the Aetna Institutes of Quality designation for knee and hip replacements.

If joint pain is keeping you from enjoying life, it may be time to consider replacement.

Our joint replacement program takes patients in need of hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacements through surgery and into rehabilitation, while promoting wellness and an active hospital stay. 

Program Features:

  • Experienced, renowned board-certified orthopedic surgeons.
  • Nurses and dedicated therapists trained to work with joint replacement patients.
  • Short hospital stay of one to two days.
  • Casual clothing (no drafty gowns).
  • Some group activities.
  • Family and friends participating as "coaches" in the recovery process.
  • A joint replacement care navigator to guide you through to recovery.
  • A comprehensive patient guide.

The MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center at Saddleback Medical Center provides a comprehensive course of treatment. We believe that the patient plays a key role in achieving a successful joint replacement recovery. Our goal is to involve every patient in his/her treatment through each step of the joint replacement program, resulting in an improved healthier lifestyle.

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About the Joint Replacement Center at Saddleback Medical Center

If you need knee or hip replacement, you can expect a unique experience at the MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center at Saddleback Medical Center. Our award-winning orthopedic care model is designed to quickly return you to your active lifestyle. Led by our expert team of surgeons, nurses and therapists, our joint replacement program gets patients on their feet within 24 hours.

The average age for knee and hip replacement has decreased, and the number of surgeries has significantly increased. With longer lasting joint prosthetics and improved surgical techniques, you can get back on your feet – and into life – faster.

How we help get you back on your feet:

  • Family centered care approach: You select a “coach,” usually a family member or friend, to attend joint replacement therapy and educational sessions with you. Your coach helps speed up the joint replacement recovery process, providing encouragement and support as you learn to use your new joint.
  • Help prepare: Before the joint replacement surgery, you receive a comprehensive guidebook. The joint care coordinator walks you through the guidebook to help you gain a better understanding of your care and joint replacement recovery, and answers any questions you may have.
  • Motivate movement: Pacific Coast Highway themed “walking board” tracks the number of feet you walk during your hospital stay. The more you walk, the further you go on your “Road to Recovery.”
  • Personalized, daily physical therapy: One-on-one therapy and group activities are scheduled every day. A daily schedule, along with the time and day of discharge, is posted on your care board in your room.
  • Promote wellness: For added comfort post-surgery, we encourage you to wear active clothes versus a hospital gown.
Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement

Now offering anterior approach to hip replacement.

Hip joint replacements have been used for decades to help patients with severe arthritis or injury regain their mobility and live without pain and stiffness. The classical technique is the posterior, or back side, approach but in recent years, thanks to new technology, the anterior, or front, approach has gained popularity.

Saddleback Medical Center recently acquired the technically advanced Hana® surgical table to improve access to the hip joint during an anterior approach to the hip. The Hana® table allows the leg to be safely positioned and held steady at any angle, providing a clear view of the hip joint through a smaller incision. Implants are positioned more easily, and accuracy is confirmed through intra-operative X-rays. Any necessary adjustments can be made before closing the wound. The result is more precise placement, less soft-tissue trauma, faster recovery and higher patient satisfaction.

Surgeons will use the approach best suited to the patient’s anatomy. Pelvic structure, obesity, heavy musculature or prior surgery may dictate a posterior approach, but if the anterior approach can be used, it enables the surgeon to reach the joint by separating—rather than cutting and reattaching—the muscles.

Outcomes at Saddleback Medical Center

Through its commitment to best practices, The Joint Replacement Center at Saddleback Medical Center is recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Center of Distinction and Aetna Institutes of Quality for excellence in knee and hip replacement.

With improved techniques and strong quality initiatives, our positive outcomes far exceed the national average. Our patients have quicker recovery times, less pain and less scarring. 

We realize how difficult the decision process may be and are here for you every step of the way to help relieve pain and ensure you get back to doing the things that you love.

Read how two local residents regained their active lifestyles after knee and hip replacement. Both patients had only one regret: not opting for surgery sooner.


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