Hip and Knee Replacement at University Hospitals

If hip or knee pain and stiffness are truly preventing you from being yourself and living your life, it may be time to consider joint replacement at University Hospitals. Realize your potential and start living. Walk into a new beginning of long-term relief, mobility, and a renewed quality of life.

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Find out if joint replacement is right for you

To discuss your options with one of our orthopedic surgeons, call 216-844-7200 or schedule an appointment online.

What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?

During hip or knee replacement surgery, the damaged part of the joint is removed and then replaced with an implant. The procedure significantly decreases pain and improves quality of life. For the majority of people, a total joint replacement will last up to 20 years, and sometimes even longer.

Joint replacement surgery will not be conducted until all possible conservative treatments have been exhausted. These may include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, injections, bracing and weight loss.

How Long Will I Be in the Hospital?

The orthopedic experts at University Hospitals use the latest minimally invasive approaches for joint replacement surgery whenever possible. Some patients, based on a variety of factors, may be eligible for outpatient hip or knee replacement, meaning they are discharged to recover at home 4 -23 hours after their surgery. Others may require a short hospital stay (1-4 days) to monitor their recovery, particularly if other medical conditions exist.

Types of Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery

Our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons have specialized training in knee and hip replacement and are experts in performing:

  • Anterior approach for hip replacement
  • Hip arthroplasty
  • Hip revision surgery
  • Knee arthroplasty
  • Partial hip replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement

When Is It Time To Have Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery?

Total knee or hip replacement surgery is a major operation with extensive recovery time. If you've tried non-invasive treatments and still have not found relief, it may be time to talk with your doctor or surgeon about total hip or knee replacement. Your surgeon will thoroughly examine your joint through X-rays and physical testing to determine if replacement is the best option.

The following are common signs that you may be a good candidate for joint replacement:

  • Pain during humid or rainy weather
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Difficulty walking or climbing stairs
  • Grinding in your hip or knee joint
  • Moderate, but continuous knee or hip pain, day or night
  • Severe pain or debilitating stiffness
  • Chronic joint inflammation and swelling that doesn't go down with rest or medication
  • Inability to perform simple routine tasks
  • No pain relief from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or an inability to tolerate them
  • Discomfort from a previous injury