Total Joint Replacement Program

If you suffer from severe joint pain that limits mobility and is not alleviated through nonsurgical methods, total joint replacement (also known as total joint arthroplasty) could be the right option for you. And with our Total Joint Program, we provide comprehensive care for patients undergoing elective total hip replacement, knee replacement or shoulder replacement surgery.

For the vast majority of patients, total joint replacement is an effective way to reduce pain, restore normal joint function and return to favorite activities. If you experience the following symptoms or conditions, you may be considered for elective total joint replacement:

  • Joint pain restricts your work, exercise and routine daily activities.
  • Joint pain continues even when you're resting.
  • Your pain is not relieved through medication, physical therapy or the use of a cane or walker.
  • Stiffness in your joint(s) is severe enough to limit mobility.
  • You are unable to tolerate pain medication, or you experience complications as a result of your pain medication.

Joint replacement surgery is elective – even if your physician recommends it, you still get to make the final decision. Knowing what you can expect is your key to making a well-informed choice. At LMH Health, we use a multidisciplinary team approach to promote an environment of healing and excellence – before, during and after your procedure.

Certified for total hip and knee replacement

OrthoKansas is recognized with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification. This certification, in collaboration with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, recognizes the highest standards of care during a total hip and total knee replacement, from pre-surgical orthopedic consultation to the interoperative and post-surgical follow-up care. Learn more


Before Joint Replacement Surgery

You and a guest will have the opportunity to attend a Total Joint Class that explains what to expect throughout your procedure and recovery (the class is available at LMH's main campus on Tuesdays).

During Joint Replacement Surgery

  • A board-certified orthopedic surgeon will remove the arthritic or damaged parts of your joint and replace them with a prosthesis. There are several types of prostheses available, and your surgeon will determine which type best meets your needs.
  • Joint replacement surgery typically takes 1-3 hours, depending on the type of surgery.

After Joint Replacement Surgery

  • Your primary nurse will work closely with you and a multidisciplinary team to coordinate a personalized post-operative care plan for you.
  • To aid in your recovery, you will be up and moving as quickly as possible (for your comfort, we recommend packing loose-fitting clothes to wear).
  • Most patients stay in the hospital for 1-2 days after total joint replacement surgery, and some are able to go home the same day. A social worker will address any concerns you have about needing help after discharge.
  • Your recovery will continue at home. Knee replacement and shoulder replacement patients will continue outpatient therapy for several weeks. Complete recovery from a total hip replacement typically takes 3-6 months.

Meet your team

LMH Health and OrthoKansas provide the comprehensive and highly specialized orthopedic care you need to stay active and healthy - close to home. Our team offers an exceptional patient experience and orthopedic care, all under one roof. Our goal is to provide convenient, local access to a full range of innovative services from the region's leading experts for your orthopedic health.

The hip specialists at OrthoKansas are dedicated to providing high-quality care and effective treatment, so you can return to your active lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.

Learn more about our hip specialists and the teams that care for you.

Resources

Total Hip Joint Replacement Education Manual (pdf)

Total Hip Patient Education Class

Total Knee Joint Replacement Education Manual (pdf)

Total Knee Patient Education Class

Total Shoulder Joint Replacement Education Manual (pdf)