Joint Replacement Program | MedStar Health

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Our hip and knee replacement program’s high quality and respected reputation has made us the leading choice in Central Maryland. Every year, we consistently perform more hip and knee replacement procedures than any other hospital in central Maryland – a testament to our clinical expertise. In 2015 alone, our surgeons performed more than 1,400 total joint replacements and U.S. News & World Report recognized us as a Best Hospital for orthopedics. We have earned Advanced Certification from The Joint Commission for Hip and Knee Replacement, and are a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center+ for Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery. Our surgical procedures include hip replacements, hip resurfacing, full and partial knee replacements, as well as corrections or replacements of formerly replaced joints.

Patients benefit from a complete program that includes classes and education, a dedicated patient care coordinator, special medication and anesthesia choices that reduce nausea and pain, highly trained nursing care, home care, and inpatient and outpatient therapy. Choosing to have joint replacement surgery with us typically results in a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

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Knee pain

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Loosening of the knee prosthesis

In order for a total knee replacement to function properly, the implant or prosthesis must remain firmly attached to the bone. Over time, however, an implant may loosen from the underlying bone, causing the knee to become painful. The cause…

Osteoarthritis (Knee)

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Osteoarthritis (Hip)

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Avascular necrosis (Hip)

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Related treatments

Robotic joint replacement

When it comes to total hip and knee replacement, the right fit is everything. MedStar Health offers MAKOplasty—a unique robotic joint replacement that is changing the lives of patients for the better. Now, we are performing more MAKOplasty procedures than…

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Total knee revision

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Total knee replacement

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Total hip revision

Hip replacements are designed to last for many years. But sometimes they can wear out due to natural use over time or an infection that can develop in nearby tissues. Hip revision surgery is performed to repair an artificial hip…

Total hip replacement

Total hip replacement surgery, also called total hip arthroplasty, is used to relieve pain and restore function to patients whose joints have been destroyed by trauma or condition such as arthritis...


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Joint Replacement

At MedStar Health, we offer a wide variety of options for joint replacement. Our team of experts will evaluate your unique situation and recommend the best option for you.

Robotic joint replacement using MAKOplasty

MAKOplasty is a computer assisted, three-dimensional planning and guidance tool that gives surgeons the ability to develop a pre-operative plan for each patient, as well as optimizing the fit of the joint replacement during the surgery itself.  It is also referred to as robotic joint replacement.

Computer-assisted knee replacement

An infrared camera, computer, and software allows surgeons to place the new joint in the precise place, optimizing the recovery of the patient. Now, the computer helps guide the surgeon through cuts, bones, and implant positioning.

Rotating Platform Knee replacement

Rotating Platform Knees are designed to allow the knee to slightly rotate while it flexes and extends.

Unicompartmental Knee Replacement

A painful knee can hinder you from leaving a full active life. Partial knee joint replacement or Unicompartmental Knee Replacement is less invasive than a full knee joint replacement. The operation is designed to replace only the portions of the joint that are most damaged by arthritis, so it reduces pain and recovery time while achieving a comfortable range of motion.

Benefits include:

  • Smaller incision: A traditional knee joint replacement surgery involves an incision about 8 inches over the front of the knee. In the minimally invasive partial knee replacement, the incision is about 3 inches, and the amount of dissection and bone removal is much smaller.

  • Less blood loss: Because of the extent of dissection and bone removal necessary for a total knee joint replacement, the need for a blood transfusion is relatively common. With the unicompartmental knee procedure, a blood transfusion is not as common, and patients do not need to consider giving blood preoperatively.

  • Shorter recovery: With traditional total knee joint replacements, patients spent three or four days in the hospital and often required a stay in an inpatient rehabilitation unit. Both the time in the hospital and the time to functional recovery are less with the partial knee replacement. Patients are known to have been discharged on the day of the procedure.

Learn more about knee replacement surgery options.

Hip replacement surgery

The goal of hip replacement surgery is to help relieve your pain and improve your quality of life. In a total hip replacement surgery, the painful parts of the damaged hip are replaced with artificial hip parts called a prosthesis, a device that substitutes or supplements a joint. The prosthesis consists of three components: a socket, ball, and stem. The outer shell of the socket is usually made of metal and the inner shell consists of plastic or the entire socket may be plastic. When the metal ball is joined with the socket, the new hip allows for smooth, nearly frictionless movement.

Learn more about hip replacement surgery.


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