Hip & Knee
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 5 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. Learn more about our total joint replacement program.
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.
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