Hip & Knee

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Our hip and knee specialists offer innovative joint preservation and replacement procedures, and are praised for low infection rates and low readmission rates.

We are nationally recognized for exceptional quality, and patient care initiatives that have led to better long-term outcomes and reduced post-surgical complications. Read more about our program distinguishments.

Thousands of patients have come to St. Louis from around the country to undergo hip or knee replacement procedures at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, as the program ranks in the Top 10 among academic medical centers in the United States by the large number of total joint replacement procedures performed annually, and is identified as a Medicare Center of Excellence. See our joint replacement quality outcomes data.

Make an appointment today by calling 314-514-3500, or request an appointment online.

Conditions and Procedures

  • Arthritis of the hip
  • Core decompression and bone grafting procedures
  • Hip and knee arthroscopy
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hip impingement
  • Hip resurfacing
  • Mini-incision partial knee arthroplasty
  • Periacetabular osteotomy for hip dysplasia
  • Revision total joint replacement (for patients suffering from failed implants)
  • Total joint replacements (for hip or knee arthritits)

Our Team

Our team of fellowship-trained surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, nurses, and rehabilitation therapists  is committed to providing comprehensive services for joint  preservation, reconstruction, and partial or total joint replacements. Because of our extensive experience and skill, our joint specialists are considered innovators in both conservative treatments and surgical techniques.

Treatment Approach

Helping to shape the future of joint surgery, Washington University Orthopedics surgeons specializing in joint preservation, resurfacing and replacement are innovators in surgical techniques designed to preserve as much bone and function as possible. Patients who may benefit from primary total joint replacement include those diagnosed with osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, osteonecrosis, post-traumatic arthritis and other disorders.

Specific disorders in young adults often are successfully treated with joint preserving operations at our Adolescent and Young Adult Hip Center. Among the conditions that can  be treated in this manner include: 

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Osteonecrosis of the femoral head
  • Post-traumatic nonunion and malunion of the proximal femur
  • Early osteoarthritis
  • Old slipped capital femoral epiphyses
  • Other developmental deformities of the hip and knee

Care for these younger patients is a relatively new and evolving discipline within orthopedics and is a result of studies in the 1980s that indicated most patients with hip arthritis diagnosed later in life had a mild, pre-existing hip deformity. Our hip and knee specialists work in  conjunction with our pediatric orthopedic specialists and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, to form an extremely experienced team to accurately diagnose and deliver the full  spectrum of both nonsurgical and surgical solutions. These young patients are commonly athletes, and we are fully committed to returning them to their sport and recreational activities.

For patients who are frustrated and in pain from a previously failed implant, our orthopedic surgeons are nationally  recognized for revision total joint replacements. We also offer innovative techniques including hip resurfacing, a procedure that resurfaces worn-out joints rather than completely replacing them.  

Rehabilitation for those undergoing reconstruction or joint replacement begins immediately after surgery. The rehabilitation team helps patients stand up and sit down, get into and out of bed, use a walker or cane, and progress through rehabilitation to enhance range of motion and strengthening around the joint. Programs are individualized for each patient based on their condition and type of surgery. In an outpatient setting, patients increase their ability to bear weight while walking, and strive to walk without an assistance device and rapidly resume an active lifestyle with minimal limitations.

Research & Clinical Trials

For information on current clinical trials related to orthopedics, or to make an appointment with a specialist with Washington University Orthopedics, please call (314) 514-3500 or toll free (866) 867-3627.

Meet Our Team

John Clohisy, MD

Professor
Daniel C. and Betty B. Viehmann Distinguished Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief, Adult Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Hip Disorders Center
Director, Joint Preservation, Resurfacing and Replacement Fellowship
Medical Director, Orthopaedic Inpatient Services, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

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Muyibat Adelani, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Robert Barrack, MD

Charles F. and Joanne Knight Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Cara Cipriano, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Paul S. Lux, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Jeffrey Martin, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Douglas McDonald, MD, MS

Professor
Chief, Orthopaedic Oncology

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Jeffrey Nepple, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Young Athlete Center

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Ryan Nunley, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Regis O'Keefe, MD, PhD

Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fred C. Reynolds Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Cecilia Pascual-Garrido, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Rick Wright, MD

Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Chad Schmitz, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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Patient Stories

Rachel Gahler – Hip Replacement

Rachel began having hip pain in her early twenties, but dealt with the pain because of her busy lifestyle. Several years later, the pain because worse, wakening Rachel at least three times a night. "I heard a lot about Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. I knew it was the best place for my health.”

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