Joint Replacement Program

Joint Replacement Program

Joint Replacement Program

Do you suffer from joint damage caused by injury, arthritis or another degenerative disorder? As one of the state’s leading hospitals for total joint replacement, PinnacleHealth’s program provides coordinated care—from diagnosis through treatment and rehabilitation. Our multidisciplinary approach helps you recover quickly and return to your active lifestyle.

Surgical Expertise You Can Trust

At PinnacleHealth, we perform more joint replacements than any other hospital in Pennsylvania. That means you will benefit from experience and expertise as well as the latest advancements.

Our top-ranked surgical services team consists of physicians, surgeons, nurses, therapists and case managers who will guide you every step of the way from pre-op through discharge for procedures such as:

  • Total knee replacement. In this procedure damaged bone and cartilage from your thighbone, shinbone and kneecap are replaced with an artificial joint made of metal alloys, high-grade plastics and polymers.

  • Partial knee replacement. A partial knee replacement is an alternative to total knee replacement for some patients with osteoarthritis of the knee when the damage is confined to a particular compartment of the knee. It can replace either the inside (medial) part, the outside (lateral) part, or the kneecap part of the knee.

  • Total hip replacement. This is a surgical procedure whereby the diseased cartilage and bone of your hip joint is surgically replaced with artificial materials such as a metal (or ceramic) ball and stem inserted into the femur bone and an artificial plastic (or ceramic) cup socket.

  • Shoulder replacement. In shoulder replacement surgery, doctors replace the ends of the damaged upper arm bone (humerus) and usually the shoulder bone (scapula) or cap them with artificial surfaces lined with plastic or metal and plastic. Shoulder joint components may be held in place with cement.

  • Reverse shoulder replacement. A reverse total shoulder replacement is for people for people who have joint damage in their shoulder and also have damage to the muscles around the shoulder. In this procedure, after the surgeon removes the damaged bone and smooths the ends, he or she attaches the rounded joint piece to the shoulder bone and uses the cup-shaped piece to replace the top of the upper arm bone.

  • Elbow replacement. In elbow replacement surgery, the damaged joint is removed and an artificial (prosthetic) joint is inserted into your arm bones.

  • Ankle. As an alternative to ankle fusion, which locks the joint in a fixed position and does not permit ankle motion, ankle replacement replaces the arthritic surfaces with metal and plastic low-friction implants.

  • Foot. A first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint replacement treats arthritis of the big toe. The joint is removed and replaced with metal, plastic or a combination of both.

Advanced Pain Management

To control pain during knee replacement surgery, PinnacleHealth offers the option of a femoral nerve block, which is an advanced anesthetic injected close to a nerve prior to surgery. The effects of the block typically last between 4 and 24 hours. If you are a candidate for total knee replacement, your specially trained anesthesiologist and physician will discuss the details of this pain management option with you prior to surgery.

Compassionate, Coordinated Care

Our specialized nurse care coordinators guide you through every step of the joint replacement process. Your coordinator will be able to answer questions, help you prepare for surgery and recovery, expedite appointments and act as your liaison with your surgical team.

Recognized For Excellence

Highmark, Inc. Quality Blue hospital performance program participant. PinnacleHealth participates in this pay-for-performance initiative in which the health insurance company and healthcare provider work in collaboration to improve care standards and save lives.

Joint Commission Specialty Certification for knee and hip replacement surgery. Named as one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures in Surgical Care (2012)

Contact Us

For more information or help locating an orthopedic specialist close to you, call the PHoneLine contact center at (717) 231-8900 to speak with one of our customer service representatives.

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