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Knee & Hip Replacements

If a knee or hip replacement is the best option to restore your quality of life, you can trust the renowned specialists at Reston Hospital's Total Joint Center for your surgical care and recovery.

Nationally Recognized for Knee & Hip Replacement

Awarded the Gold Seal of Approval for excellence in knee and hip replacement from The Joint Commission–the nation's top health care accrediting agency–the Total Joint Center employs industry-leading best practices that include:

  • Use of the latest surgical techniques and joint replacement materials
  • Screening 100 percent of all patients for MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) infection
  • Presurgery Total Joint Replacement Orientation classes to ease patient concerns and ensure the best outcomes
  • Group physical therapy sessions
  • Innovative pain management programs

Wide-ranging quality initiatives at Reston Hospital Center ensure our patients get back on their feet more quickly and report postsurgery satisfaction rates well above national averages. In fact, 98 percent of knee replacement patients and 96 percent of hip replacement patients walk on the day of their surgery, and fewer than 1 percent of patients experience postoperative complications.

Advancements in Joint Replacement Surgery

Thanks to advancements in the surgical tools, techniques and materials used at the Total Joint Center, our knee and hip patients experience shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, easier rehabilitation and a more complete return to their desired lifestyle.

This advanced imaging technology allows our orthopedic specialists to customize your new joint precisely before surgery to ensure the best fit and alignment. Through TruMatch®, advanced software combined with a CT scan creates a virtual 3-D model showing the unique structure of your knee. Because misalignment can lead to uneven wear, instability and increased risk of additional surgery following knee replacement, this technology helps produce the best possible recovery and long-term outcomes.

One of the most exciting advances in joint replacement surgery is the use of less invasive surgical procedures for some patients. Minimally invasive knee and hip replacement surgery means you benefit from:

  • A smaller incision and scar
  • Reduced blood loss
  • A faster recovery with less pain
  • Less damage to the soft tissues surrounding the joint

Talk with your orthopedic surgeon about whether you may be a candidate for minimally invasive joint replacement at Reston Hospital Center.

At the Total Joint Center, surgeons use the advanced technology of computer-assisted knee replacement surgery to operate with smaller incisions, greater precision and detailed information–including a visual representation of your knee and the surrounding tissues–that offers the opportunity to make crucial decisions before and throughout the knee replacement operation. In addition, bones and knee replacement implants can be aligned to a degree of accuracy not possible with the naked eye.

Talk to your orthopedic surgeon about whether you may be a candidate for computer-assisted knee replacement.

Take the First Step With Proper Diagnosis

An effective treatment plan starts with a good diagnosis. Knee and hip pain may be caused by a number of conditions, some of which are temporary and some chronic but treatable. Learn the signs and causes of joint pain and talk to a joint expert at Reston Hospital's Total Joint Center before you set your course for treatment and recovery.

Many types of knee and hip problems have similar symptoms, such as:

  • Heat and swelling – When damage occurs in any part of your body, your brain sends chemicals and fluid to cushion and nourish the area.
  • Pain – This is your body's way of getting your attention–and it works! Eventually, pain may limit your ability to enjoy normal activities. If it prevents you from moving about or exercising, it can lead to weight gain and other health problems.
  • Immobility – A certain amount of weight-bearing stress and movement is needed to nourish cartilage and prevent bone loss in your joints. If pain prevents regular movement, a joint can deteriorate to the point of immobility.

The most common causes of knee and hip pain include:

  • Bursitis – Inflammation of the bursa, fluid-filled space-keepers located around bony areas
  • Synovitis – Inflammation of the synovial capsule surrounding a joint. Normally a thin layer of soft tissue lining the joint space, the synovium may thicken and become engorged with fluid, leading to the pain and inflammation of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Tendonitis – Inflammation of a tendon connecting bone to muscle, often resulting from overuse of elbows, wrists, shoulders and knees
  • Torn cartilage – Tearing of the cushioning material near a joint, typically from athletic activities, slips or falls. In knees, torn cartilage usually involves the meniscus, a tough fibrous substance that pads the joint.
  • Osteoarthritis – Wearing away of protective cartilage over time, with or without the experience of pain. Osteoarthritis in the hip may produce pain–varying from dull to sharp–in the groin, buttock, thigh or even the knee, making the condition difficult to diagnose.

You play an important role in assuring a correct diagnosis. At your appointment, an orthopedic specialist will ask questions about your general medical history and your specific joint pain. Be prepared to describe your pain in terms of answers to the following questions:

  • What are you doing when it hurts most?
  • What seems to help it feel better?
  • How long have you had the pain?
  • Was there an injury that caused the pain?
  • Is the pain sharp? Dull? Nagging? Achy?
  • Does it travel up and down your leg?
  • Does your joint lock up or click?

Bring a list of your medications, including strengths and dosages, as well as any over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements or vitamins you take. If you've tried pain medications, mention that too.

Questions About Knee or Hip Pain & Treatment?

Sign up for a free seminar on the causes and care of knee and hip pain by calling 877.689.DOCS (3627).