When joints don't work right, it can send life into a tailspin. Pain and lack of function can change your lifestyle and keep you from taking part in the activities you enjoy.
When a knee or hip is badly damaged from an injury or a lifetime of use, sometimes the best solution is to replace the joint. At Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) Orthopedics, we're experts in joint replacement, but we'll try every other option to help you before turning to surgery.
If you do need surgery, we'll help you get started on your recovery as quickly as possible. After joint surgery, most of our patients leave the hospital either the day of their surgery or the next day.
Our joint replacement expertise
IRMC's team includes board-certified orthopedic surgeons who specialize in knee and hip replacement. Our physician assistants are also board-certified. They all have a wealth of knowledge from years working in orthopedics, and they work alongside our hip and knee surgeons in the operating room.
Other team members who'll support you include nurses, case managers, and occupational and physical therapists.
Professional organizations recognize our excellent care. Blue Cross Blue Shield honored IRMC as a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement.
And the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality recently recertified our joint replacement surgery program.
What to expect at the joint center
We'll start your care by looking at the big picture and making sure that we fully understand your condition and concerns.
At your first appointment, we'll take a complete history and perform an exam. We can take x-rays in the office. And we can schedule other tests—like an MRI, CT scan or lab work—as needed.
We may also connect you with other experts at IRMC, including rheumatologists, sports medicine doctors, pain specialists, physical therapists and others.
This team will work together to determine the best treatment plan for you.
We most often replace knees and hips. But we can also help you if you need a new shoulder joint.
Knee replacement surgery
Our orthopedic surgeons have experience with many types of knee replacements, including total knee replacement, partial knee replacement, complex knee replacement and knee revision surgery.
We offer traditional knee replacements as well as Mako SmartRoboticsTM surgery. With this innovative technology, knee-replacement surgeons use 3-D CT modeling to create a surgical plan based on your unique knee anatomy. The result is an accurate placement of your implant, less post-surgery discomfort and a quicker recovery.
Your knee surgeon will offer an approach that best matches your needs and preferences.
Hip replacement surgery
Thanks to new surgical techniques, hip replacement surgery may be less invasive and require a shorter hospital stay than in the past.
Your hip replacement surgeon will recommend the best hip surgery option for you based on your preferences and your needs.
For example, your surgeon may recommend Mako SmartRoboticsTM hip surgery. Anterior hip replacement may also be an option for some people. With this approach, we replace the joint through the front of the hip. This less invasive option may help with a quicker return to activities.
How we guide you before and after joint replacement surgery
Whether you need a new hip or a new knee joint, you can count on us from pre-op through recovery.
- Before joint replacement surgery, we offer personalized, one-on-one education. We will help you understand what to expect around your upcoming surgery and recovery.
- After joint surgery, we closely monitor our patients—in the hospital and at home. We are with you, coordinating therapy and following up. Our physicians know that post-op physical therapy is one of the keys to a successful hip or knee surgery.
Our full-service approach is designed to get you back to maximum function quickly and safely.
Make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon
To learn more or to make an appointment, call 888.452.IRMC (888.452.4762).