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Joint Replacement

If you suffer from chronic pain of knee or hip pain, joint replacement surgery can help you regain mobility and get back to your active life.

Our Joint Replacement Program has earned The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for both Knee and Hip Replacement, and our specialists use the latest evidence-based approaches to speed recovery. Whatever the cause of your joint pain, we work with you to find a solution that is best for you.

We provide:

  • Proven expertise in diagnosing and treating orthopedic conditions, from common to complex. And minimally invasive surgical approaches, such as anterior approach to hip surgery, to help speed your recovery.
  • Excellent outcomes, including a shorter length of stay. Our outcomes put us in the top quartile of similar-sized California hospitals for joint replacement, according to 2016 National Inpatient Survey data.
  • A specialized team that cares for more than 500 joint replacement patients each year. Specialized orthopedic certification for nurses and an in-unit pharmacologist help address your needs to ensure a smooth recovery.
  • National recognition with the Gold Seal of Approval® for both Knee and Hip Replacement from The Joint Commission and Blue Distinction Center®+ from Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • Education and support throughout your stay to ensure you are prepared for surgery and have your questions addressed. Our weekly joint replacement classes, orthopedic nurse coordinators and physical therapists will help you so you know what to expect.

Knee Replacement

Our orthopedic team performs over 500 knee and hip replacements each year. Several different types of surgeries are available, talk with your doctor to determine which is best for you.

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement involves removing all the damaged bone and cartilage in your knee, after which a new, artificial knee (called a prosthesis) is placed. This prevents further bone-on-bone erosion, restoring your mobility. Total knee replacement surgery is the procedure of choice for patients with debilitating arthritis of the knee. It is a common operation (over 250,000 performed in the U.S. annually) with a very high success rate. It is important to remember that it is a major operation, and a thorough medical evaluation prior to surgery is required.

Our surgeons are specially trained in the use of state-of-the-art instruments and surgical techniques to optimize your prospect for a durable and long-lasting knee. It is our mission to customize your surgery with components that best fit your level of activity and lifestyle goals.

Customized Knee Replacement

ValleyCare was the first center in Northern California to offer DePuy Orthopedics TruMatch® Personalized Solutions for knee replacement. This technology helps to ensure that precise sizing and alignment is achieved for each individual patient. This offers the potential for a longer-lasting and better-functioning joint over time.

Partial Knee Replacement

Partial knee replacement, also known as unicompartmental arthroplasty, is the procedure of choice for patients who have debilitating arthritis affecting only one part of the knee. Partial knee replacement is surgery to replace a section of a damaged knee. It involves a similar process of removing damaged cartilage, and then that section is replaced with a prosthesis. Typically, the surgical incision is smaller, and recovery times are much faster. Not all people with arthritis are good candidates for a partial knee replacement. Our surgeons will help you decide whether or not a partial knee replacement is right for you.

Hip Replacement

Total Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement surgery is the procedure of choice for patients with debilitating arthritis of the hip. If your pain is persistent, you may want to discuss total hip replacement with your doctor. The primary goals of our hip surgery specialists are to treat your pain, restore motion and return you to your active lifestyle in a safe and comfortable fashion.

Total hip replacement is a common operation with a very high success rate. Current prostheses are made of a combination of metals, plastic or ceramics. Our surgeons are specifically trained in the use of state-of-the-art instruments and surgical techniques that optimize your prospect for a durable, long-lasting hip. Large femoral ball diameters, minimally invasive approaches and ceramic and metal bearings are just a few of the technologies in which our surgeons maintain their expertise. It is our mission to customize your surgery by selecting the components that best fit your level of activity and lifestyle goals.

Posterior Hip Replacement

In posterior hip replacement, known as “traditional” hip replacement, the surgeon makes a 6- to 10-inch incision on the back of your hip. The surgeon then removes the damaged cartilage in your hip socket and replaces the ball at the top of the thighbone (femur) and the hip socket with a prosthesis. This approach gives your surgeon full access to your hip and preserves the hip abductor muscles, minimizing the risk of dysfunction post-operatively. You may have some restrictions in bending your hip after this approach.

Lateral Hip Replacement

In lateral hip replacement, the surgeon makes an incision in the side of your hip. The surgeon then removes the damaged cartilage in your hip socket and replaces the ball at the top of the thighbone (femur) and the hip socket with a prosthesis. This approach usually allows for a smaller incision than in traditional hip replacement.

Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery

Hip replacements are now routinely accomplished through smaller incisions. The use of less invasive surgical techniques means less pain, shorter recovery times and a faster return to activity. For some patients, outpatient surgery may even be an option.

Anterior Hip Replacement

One of the minimally invasive techniques is the anterior approach for hip replacement. In the anterior approach, your surgeon will access your hip through a small incision in the front of your hip, avoiding cutting major muscles. There are fewer muscles at the front of your hip, so it is possible to access your hip by simply moving the muscles aside. The doctor then removes the damaged cartilage in your hip socket and replaces the ball at the top of the thighbone (femur) and the hip socket with a prosthesis. There are no restrictions in bending your hip after this approach.

Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare is recognized on the West Coast as an Anterior Hip Replacement Learning Center. Surgeons have traveled from all over the country to learn this revolutionary technique from our surgical team.