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Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute

Saint Vincent’s Orthopaedic Surgery program ranks among the highest in patient satisfaction levels in the nation. A Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, Saint Vincent Hospital is one of the region’s most trusted names in orthopaedic surgery.

Saint Vincent provides inpatient and outpatient services that can help you reduce pain, restore physical function and increase your quality of life. With innovative procedures and delivery of care for joint patients, our outstanding quality in a full-service total joint center offers services in the following areas:

  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Foot and ankle
  • Rehabilitation 
     

Meet the Experts

Saint Vincent Total Joint Center

The Saint Vincent Total Joint Center boasts patient satisfaction scores in the top 1% of hospitals in Pennsylvania and offers innovative pain management techniques for joint surgery. Located on the 7th floor of Saint Vincent Hospital, it is designed specifically for total joint replacement patients. Joint replacement patients are typically scheduled for surgery on Monday or Tuesday with a plan for discharge to home on Thursday or Friday of the same week.

The Total Joint Center staff takes a team approach to joint replacement, calling upon patients to join together with each other to help with their recovery. Therapy sessions include group exercises and fun activities, which have also helped to reduce patient hospital length of stay. Special features of the program include:

  • Nurses who specialize in the care of joint patients and will teach you how to care for yourself at home
  • Emphasis on group activities as well as individual care
  • Nurse case manager who coordinates all preoperative and patient-centered discharge planning
  • Highly skilled physical therapists and occupational therapists 
     

Hips

Total Hip Replacement

The hip is one of the most commonly replaced joints. Osteoarthritis is the main reason for hip replacement surgery, also called hip arthroplasty. Hip replacement surgery involves removing the damaged portion of the hip and replacing it with artificial implants. These devices are a replacement for the natural hip joint and allow pain-free movement. Learn more about total hip replacement in our Patient Education Library.

Have you been thinking about total hip replacement? Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic doctors in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Hip Resurfacing

Hip resurfacing is a technique used to relieve hip pain and restore function for people with arthritis or other hip conditions. Unlike total hip replacement, hip resurfacing does not remove the bones in the joint, but instead resurfaces the joint with smooth metal. Hip resurfacing conserves bone and is a less-invasive procedure than total hip replacement. Younger active people are the best candidates for hip resurfacing. Hip resurfacing allows the majority of people to return to the activities that they enjoyed before experiencing hip pain. Learn more about hip resurfacing in our Patient Education Library.

Find out if hip resurfacing is right for you. Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopaedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, PA.

Knees

Total Knee Replacement

While the symptoms of knee arthritis may be tolerated with medications and lifestyle adjustments, for many, total knee replacement is the only way to reduce pain, restore function, and improve quality of life. Total knee replacement, also called knee arthroplasty, involves removing the damaged portion of the knee and replacing it with artificial implants. Total knee replacement is the most common type of joint replacement surgery. Total knee replacement is highly successful for relieving pain and restoring joint function. Learn more about osteoarthritis of the knee and total knee replacement in our Patient Education Library.

Are you ready to put an end to knee pain? Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopaedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Partial Knee Replacement

Partial knee replacement, also referred to as Uni-compartmental knee replacement, can be a minimally invasive solution for knee arthritis. Partial knee replacement is used when osteoarthritis damages one section or compartment of the knee. The partial knee replacement surgery replaces only the damaged area of the knee joint and leaves the healthy bone intact. People that receive partial knee replacement surgery spend dramatically less time recovering than those with total knee replacement surgery.

Find out if Partial Knee Replacement is appropriate for you. Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopaedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Shoulders

Total Shoulder Replacement

Severe shoulder arthritis can cause significant deep aching shoulder pain and limit your ability to move the shoulder joint. Shoulder replacement surgery, also referred to as shoulder arthroplasty, replaces the damaged shoulder bone and cartilage with artificial implants. Most people achieve good results with total shoulder replacement and an improved quality of life because of decreased shoulder pain and improved function.

Are you ready to say good-bye to shoulder pain? Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopaedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Shoulder Hemi-arthroplasty

Shoulder Hemi-arthroplasty is commonly used to treat shoulder fractures, especially if the broken shoulder bones are significantly displaced and the blood supply is poor. The Shoulder Hemi-arthroplasty procedure is used to replace the top of the arm bone (humeral head) with an artificial joint. Shoulder Hemi-arthroplasty is most frequently used in older adults.

To learn more about Shoulder Hemi-arthroplasty, call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopaedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, PA.

Services

The Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute offers state-of-the-art comprehensive orthopaedic care in Erie, PA. In addition to specializing in advanced hip, knee, and shoulder surgeries, our caring orthopaedic doctors offer a variety of diagnostic, surgical, and non-surgical treatments. Have you been injured or need an urgent appointment? Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopaedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Our compassionate board-certified orthopaedic specialists have the expertise to provide:

Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is an advanced orthopaedic surgery that uses an arthroscope. An arthroscope is a thin viewing instrument that guides the orthopaedic surgeon during surgery. By using an arthroscope, a surgeon does not need to open a joint to view inside of it. Arthroscopy is used to help diagnose conditions and slender instruments are inserted through the arthroscope to perform surgery. Because only tiny incisions are used, arthroscopic surgery is associated with less pain, less bleeding and swelling, and a faster recovery time than traditional open joint surgery.

Sports Medicine

Whether you're a professional or recreational athlete, or the average active person, our highly-credentialed orthopaedic surgeons are experts at treating the full range of sports related injuries, as well as helping you be the best at your game. From rotator cuff tears, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and tennis elbow to golfer's elbow and Achilles tendon tears, our orthopedic surgeons specialize in sports medicine and offer the most advanced treatments to help you heal as quickly as possible.

Are you an injured athlete? Call (814) 454-2401 for a prompt appointment with one of our board-certified orthopaedic doctors in Erie, Pennsylvania.

General Orthopaedics

Our caring orthopaedic surgeons are highly trained in general orthopaedics and offer prompt appointments for people with injuries. From sprains and strains and traumatic injuries to ligament, nerve, muscle, and tendon conditions, the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania provides the highest standard of orthopaedic care, including the latest non-surgical and surgical techniques.

Fracture Care

Broken bones are called fractures. Trauma from motor vehicle crashes, sports, and falls are leading causes of fractures. The highly credentialed orthopaedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania have the expertise to treat all types of fractures and provide treatment to restore bone health. Our facility has onsite X-ray equipment to help our doctors diagnose and treat fractures quickly.

Foot & Ankle Surgery

Our orthopaedic doctors have expertise in foot and ankle surgery to diagnose and treat the full spectrum of foot and ankle injuries and conditions. From sprained ankles, broken ankles, and bunions to corrective toe surgery and diabetic foot concerns, our orthopedic surgeons have the talent and experience to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.

On-site Physical Therapy

Our onsite licensed physical therapists provide exercise and treatment modalities to help our patients both before and after surgery attain the best outcomes possible. For some patients, physical therapy can help ease pain and restore functional movement so that surgery is not necessary. Our orthopaedic doctors and physical therapists communicate closely about our patient's care plan and include our patient's goals in everything we do.

On-site X-Ray

Onsite X-rays at Orthopaedic Surgeons in Erie, Pennsylvania are offered as a convenience to our patients and our diagnosing physicians. X-rays are quick diagnostic imaging tests that show solid internal structures, such as bones.

Call (814) 454-2401 for a prompt appointment with one of our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Rehabilitation

Continuing with daily living skills and favorite hobbies. Staying active in sports. Returning to work more quickly and safely. These are some of the goals we have for our rehabilitation patients. To best meet them, we provide a variety of services to help increase physical function and decrease pain for greater independence and enjoyment of life.

Saint Vincent has an integrated network of rehabilitation services to best meet the needs of individual patients within our region.

Services provided:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Speech pathology
  • Audiology
  • Social work
  • Rehabilitation and physical medicine specialists (physicians)
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Psychology
  • Sports medicine treatment

For information about the Saint Vincent Inpatient Rehabilitation or services provided at any of our other locations, call 814.452.5579. 

Free Joint Seminars

We offer free community seminars about hip, knee and shoulder pain. You'll learn about the causes of joint pain and many of the latest treatments. To register for a joint seminar or for more information, call 814.866.4819 or 800.326.8080. Below are the dates for the upcoming seminars: