Joint Replacement

Helping you live and move pain free

Joint Replacement at Mount Auburn Hospital  

Damaged or painful joints can keep you from doing the activities you love. At Mount Auburn Hospital, our joint replacement specialists can help you find relief and get back to living your life.

Personalized Care from Start to Finish 

All joint replacement needs are different. At Mount Auburn Hospital, you have access to a team that will personalize your care. Leading you and your care team is a personal coach, who will be with you from day one through recovery. 

Your team includes:    

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Case Managers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orthopedic Care Coordinators 
  • Orthopedic Surgeons 
  • Physical Therapists 
  • Physician Assistants 
  • Registered Nurses 

Joint Replacements Performed with Precision 

At Mount Auburn Hospital, our surgeons use leading-edge technologies to perform joint replacements. The goal is to help you recover faster with as little pain as possible.

We offer the following joint replacement procedures.

Knee Replacement

Knee replacements don’t “replace” your knee. Instead, we use a metal implant to cap the worn ends of bones near your knee. This process creates a new, smooth cushion and helps your joint move without pain.  

Read our knee replacement guidebook for more information about knee replacements. 

Hip Replacement 

A hip replacement doesn’t “replace” your hip. Instead, our surgeons remove the head of your thigh bone and replace it with a metal implant. Next, the socket of your hip (where the femur locks into place) is smoothed and filled with a liner. This metal or plastic liner helps reduce the bone-to-bone friction that causes pain. 

Read our hip replacement guidebook for more information about hip replacements. 

Supporting Your Recovery 

After surgery, our goal is to help you leave the hospital the day after your procedure.  

Don’t worry, you have a team with you every step of the way to make this happen. Your coach helps you understand your recovery goals and coordinate your care. You will also work with physical and occupational therapists to help you return to the activities you love.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Joint Replacements

Why do I need a joint replacement?

One of the most common reasons for a joint replacement is osteoarthritis, a form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear that destroys joint cartilage, the smooth tissue covering the ends of bones at the joint. It cushions the bones during regular movement and promotes motion with minimal friction. Cartilage gets worn down through trauma, repetitive movement or simply due to aging. This wear exposes the bones to painful bone-on-bone contact, swelling, and possibly loss of motion. 

What happens during surgery?

Surgery can last anywhere from one to three hours. You may receive general or regional anesthesia. Some patients prefer a regional anesthetic, which numbs the legs and does not require you to be asleep. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist can help you decide which option is right for you.

Will I need help walking after surgery?

We recommend using a walker, crutches or a cane for four to six weeks. Your physical therapist arranges the equipment you need.

Where will I go after discharge from the hospital? 

Most patients can go home directly after discharge. However, you may require a short stay in a rehabilitation facility. Your care team will help with this decision and make the necessary arrangements. Check with your insurance company to see if you have sub-acute rehab benefits. These may minimize the cost of attending a rehabilitation facility.

Make an Appointment

To speak with a member of our team, please give us a call.

Services & Specialties

Our providers work with various specialists to help you get the care you need.