The Facts About Joint Replacement

Common Conditions & When To See a Doctor


Here are some common conditions that can cause joint pain:

  • Arthritis
  • Osetoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains
  • Bursitis

Although mild joint pain may be treatable using over-the-counter medications and home remedies it is always a good idea to discuss any pain you are experiencing with your physician. Pain that is severe enough that you cannot put weight on your joint, a joint that looks crooked, or joints that you cannot be moved should be examined by a doctor as quickly as possible.

Joint Commission Recognition


Jersey Shore University Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for compliance with its Certified Hip and Knee Program. Certification requirements for joint replacement programs address the following three areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards.
  • Effective and consistent use of appropriate, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the hip and knee replacement patient population.
  • Collection and analysis of a minimum of four performance measures specific to the hip, and knee replacement patient population.

Our joint replacement program has successfully demonstrated compliance in all three areas and we were awarded and have maintained primary certification since 2014. This seal is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Joint Replacement Program – Joint Solution


At Jersey Shore University Medical Center, we offer a joint replacement program that is tailored to meet your individual needs. But technical skills and a superb facility aren’t always enough. You need a highly trained and specialized care team who understands what you are going through and what you need to recover. Our team of dedicated team of nurses, technicians and specialists are here to answer your questions, offer you help before, during, and after treatment, and make sure you understand what is happening. While you are in the hospital, your care will be coordinated by our Clinical Program Manager. This person holds a doctorate degree in nursing practice and is dedicated to ensuring that you have the information, care, and services that you require.

Patient and Family Centered Care


At Jersey Shore University Medical Center, we provide the most collaborative patient and family centered care. We provide partnerships among health care providers, patients and their families in an effort to plan, deliver and evaluate a patient’s needs throughout their stay with us, understanding that patients and families are essential for quality patient care and safety. Patient and family centered care leads to better health outcomes, improved patient and family experience of care, better clinician and staff satisfaction, and a better allocation of resources.

Total Hip and Knee Replacement


Our board-certified surgeons have trained at the best programs in the country, learning minimally invasive techniques and computer-assisted joint replacement surgery. Our surgeons pursue and use cutting edge technology, and our Magnet award-winning and specialized nurses provide superior orthopaedic care. Joint replacement is a surgical procedure used to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint, called prosthesis. Total joint surgery is one of the most effective treatment options for chronic and debilitating knee or hip pain that has not responded to other therapies. More than 230,000 primary total hip replacements and more than 540,000 total knee replacements are performed annually in the United States.

Hip Replacement


Hip replacement, also called total hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that replaces a worn out or damaged hip with an artificial one following a hip fracture or due to severe hip pain.

How it Works

Although procedures for hip replacements vary, the two most common types of artificial hip prostheses used in replacement surgery are cemented prostheses, where the prosthesis (made of metal and plastic) is attached to the bone with a type of surgical cement, or uncemented prostheses, where the prosthesis attaches to the bone with a fine mesh of holes on the surface, in order for the bone to grow into the mesh and attach naturally to the prosthesis.

Traditional hip replacements involve an incision about 6 to 8 inches long over the hip joint, but with newer approaches, surgeons are able to use techniques that use one or two smaller incisions to perform the same procedure but as a minimally invasive one. Not all patients are candidates for minimally invasive hip replacements. Your doctor will determine the best procedure for you based on your individual needs.

Knee Replacement


Joint replacement is a surgical procedure used to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint, called prosthesis. Total joint surgery is one of the most effective treatment options for chronic and debilitating knee or hip pain that has not responded to other therapies. More than 230,000 primary total hip replacements and more than 540,000 total knee replacements are performed annually in the United States.

How it Works

When a knee is severely damaged by disease or injury an artificial knee replacement may be considered, and joint surfaces are substituted or replaced by prostheses, made up of metal with ceramic and/or plastic.

Although procedures vary, the two most commonly performed knee replacements are cemented prosthesis, where the prosthesis is attached to the bone with a type of epoxy (adhesive), and uncemented prosthesis, where the prosthesis attaches to the bone with a fine mesh of holes on the surface, in order for the bone to grow into the mesh and attach naturally to the prosthesis. Sometimes, combinations of the two types are used.

What to Expect After Total Joint Replacement


Total joint replacement involves a one to three-day hospital stay. You’ll receive an anesthetic for the duration of the surgical procedure. The surgeon will reshape the ends of the bones to accept the artificial parts.

Artificial joints are usually made of metal and hard plastic. Depending on the type of replacement joint used, cement may be used to attach some of the parts. Metal parts may be anchored by inserting a rod into the bone or with cement. Typical hip and knee patients walk the same day of surgery.

Recovery from joint replacement surgery generally involves some pain. However, it’s usually a different type of pain and will go away as the recovery period continues.

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