Orthopedics - Total Joint Replacement (Knee, Hip)

Kaweah Delta has a unique comprehensive hip and knee joint replacement program. The multi-disciplinary team includes the physicians, nurses, therapists, aides, and discharge planner. The entire team works to explain your plan to you starting at the pre-surgery education class “Joint Camp” and all the way through to the exercises you will be doing at home. 

The hospital performs over 400 total joint cases per year while achieving excellent outcomes. The infection rate and overall complication rate is one of the lowest in the state.

What is Joint Replacement?
Joint replacement is an orthopedic procedure that removes either an arthritic or a damaged joint and replaces it with an artificial one. The new, artificial joint allows you to move again with little or no pain. 

When to Consider Joint Replacement

  • Pain keeps you from everyday activities (getting in and out of bed, chairs, etc.) 
  • Pain keeps you from your favorite activities 
  • You rely on a cane/walker to move 
  • You experience pain while you are resting 
  • Affected area is swollen even after rest or medication 
  • Medicine does not help 
  • Changes in activity level do not help 
The Surgery
Joint replacement surgeries vary depending on the person, the joint and how badly it is damaged. Before surgery, you are given anesthesia so that you will not feel any pain during surgery. Depending on the surgery, it can take your orthopedic surgeon anywhere from two or more hours to complete your surgery. From there, you will be moved to a recovery room until you are fully alert after surgery. After that time, you will most likely encounter a short hospital stay, ranging from 3-5 days or longer. During that time you will work with physical therapists to regain motion of the joint. For more information about physical therapy offered at Kaweah Delta Rehabilitation Hospital, click HERE.

Considering Surgery
If you are considering joint replacement, speak to your primary care physician. For a list of orthopedic surgeons call Kaweah Delta's Information Center at (877) 529-3241.