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Joint Replacement at Jefferson Hospital

The Orthopaedic Surgery Program at Jefferson Hospital has been recognized as one of the best in western Pennsylvania because of the quality and diversity of our services, and our focus on the comfort and convenience of our patients.

Our services include inpatient and outpatient, medical and surgical care of orthopaedic-related issues including trauma, degenerative joint disease, occupational medicine, sports injury, nerve entrapment, spinal and congenital issues.

Why choose Jefferson Hospital’s Orthopaedic Institute for your orthopedic care?

  • Certified by The Joint Commission for Total Hip Replacement and Total Knee Replacement ™
  • Highmark Blue Distinction for Total Hip Replacement and Total Knee Replacement™
  • Designated as an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for Total Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery
  • Experience – More than 700 Total Joint Replacements performed every year.
  • Named one of America's Best Hospitals in Orthopedics by the Women's Choice Award
  • Board-certified Surgeons
  • Patient Satisfaction noted at the 99th percentile in Western PA. and the 92nd percentile nationally
  • Private Rooms to recover in
  • Valet Parking

Jefferson Hospital's Joint Care Center was created to better integrate all facets of care in order to achieve "best practice” outcomes and the highest in patient satisfaction.

Joint Care nurses are specialized in the care of orthopaedic patients and have added training in pain management. Our Joint Care Specialist is a Registered Nurse dedicated to pre-op and post-op coordination of care and visits each patient daily for the duration of their stay.

We offer pre-operative education classes to better prepare patients and their families for their upcoming surgery experience.


Musculoskeletal injuries can be a real pain – especially when they sideline you from your active lifestyle. You can get back in the game sooner when you call Jefferson Hospital’s Ortho1CallSM.

Ortho1Call is a service designed to expedite and coordinate care for patients with acute musculoskeletal injuries who can’t wait weeks or even months to consult with a specialist for an evaluation of pain or injury to bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

It takes only One Step...
When you call 412.469.7711, our goal is to arrange an appointment with a medical provider for evaluation of pain or injury to bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles within the next business day. At Jefferson, we take the hassle out of navigating the complicated process of obtaining musculoskeletal care.

We accept most insurances. If you require surgery, Jefferson Hospital offers new operating rooms, state-of-the-art technology and often minimally invasive techniques to speed your recovery.

To make an appointment, call 412.469.7711.

Joint Comfort Program

The Join Comfort Program Can Help Ease Pain Through Exercise and Nutrition Education.
Orthopaedic specialists report a growing number of men and women in their 40s, 50s and 60s who regularly experience agonizing joint pain.

If you’ve given up on the gym because you’re too busy with work, if your knees are bothering you since you’ve put on that extra 10 pounds, if you have discomfort from arthritis in your shoulders or hips, this program at Jefferson Hospital can give you some relief.

Jefferson’s Joint Comfort Program is designed to relieve pain, help take stress off joints and strengthen areas of discomfort through a two-phase course of treatment with referral from your physician.

A one-on-one evaluation performed by a physical therapist begins a four- to six week program incorporating an aquatic and land regimen. This program will be instructed by the physical therapist or physical therapy assistant while monitoring the participant’s past medical history. The program will consist of exercise, flexibility, stabilization, strength, resistance, and endurance training.

It also incorporates nutritional education, including a one-on-one evaluation and nutritional plan for lifestyle modification and weight management. A Registered Dietician will provide evaluation of nutritional status and plan an individualized program that will help meet the goals of the participant. The Registered Dietician will provide continued follow-up and support with the participant, meeting on a regular basis and providing referrals to additional weight management and wellness programs at Jefferson Hospital.
The Joint Comfort Program takes into consideration patients’ individual insurance coverage. The program is intended for people with a confirmed diagnosis and who have seen an orthopaedic physician who recommends treatment.

For more information, call 412.854.0190.

Hip and Knee Pain Seminars

Each patient is unique, and deserves in individualized approach to their specific circumstances. Our goal is to empower you to make the choices that will provide the best opportunity for a full recovery and return to your normal activities.

Throughout the year, we offer free Hip and Knee Pain Seminars at several Jefferson locations. These seminars describe common join pain problems, their treatment options, average recovery times, discussion of our treatment philosophies and answers to your questions.

Begin your journey in developing your proactive approach to recovery from debilitating knee or hip pain by calling 412.469.7100 to find the date, time and location of the next free seminar that is convenient for you.

Physical Rehabilitation

For patients recovering from a broken bone, nerve damage, muscle strain, or a joint replacement, Jefferson Hospital's Outpatient Physical Therapy is a great choice for South Hills residents seeking one-on-one physical therapy sessions at one of our convenient South Hills locations. All of our sites are staffed with a combination of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Our comprehensive physical therapy services include the following programs:

  • Therapeutic exercise for increasing the range of motion, muscle strength, balance, and endurance
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Biofeedback training
  • Joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • Home exercise instruction
  • Orthotics (shoe inserts) and brace fitting
  • Crutch, cane, and walker fitting
  • Traction
  • Lumbar stabilization training
  • Lontophoresis
  • Self-management training

Our convenient locations make it easier for patients to get to physical therapy sessions. For appointments, patients must receive a referral from their physician for outpatient physical therapy. Most major insurance plans are accepted.

For more information about Physical Therapy Programs at Jefferson Hospital, call us at 412.469.3456.

Ambassador Program

As you have come to know, recovery from total joint replacement requires hard work and perseverance. The encouragement of others, such as your physicians, nurses and therapists, can make a difference. It helps to know you have a team behind you.

You Are A Success Story

We invite you to share your experiences and assist other patients with their recoveries by serving as an ambassador to the Joint Care Center. In this role, you might visit with patients, provide testimonials about your experience, or simply cheer them on as they work toward reaching their goals.

Ambassadors are encouraged to provide:

  • Motivation and encouragement to orthopedic patients regarding therapy attendance and performance.
  • Interaction with both patients and families and proactively relay questions or concerns to caregivers.
  • Testimonials about their experiences with individual orthopedic patients or during group exercise class.
  • Testimonials about their experiences at our weekly pre-operative total joint class.
  • Testimonials about their experiences at our orthopaedic-related seminars.

How to Apply

If you are interested in providing this important service to our patients, please call the Volunteer Services Department at 412.469.7032.

We're sure you'll find it a personally rewarding experience, and at the same time, you'll be doing something positive for your friends and neighbors.