Joint Replacement Program
New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) was one of the first U.S. hospitals to perform total joint replacement surgery. Over time we have built our reputation as a national leader in these procedures by pioneering innovative surgical techniques and implants. Today, the Joint Replacement Program at NEBH is one of the most comprehensive programs in the country equipped to perform replacements on all patients including those with more unique issues such as deformities, failed implants and revisions, and tertiary problems.
Our most important advancement, though, is in how we care for you: We've designed and mastered a personalized treatment approach for patients having joint replacement procedures that allows for a better patient experience, lower infection rates, and better outcomes.
What is Total Joint Replacement Surgery?
In total joint replacement surgery, also known as total joint arthroplasty, diseased cartilage is removed and replaced with one or more implants (prostheses). These procedures are highly effective in relieving pain, restoring function and letting you return to your daily activities.
Which Joints Can Be Replaced?
Joint replacements most commonly involve the hip or knee, the body's main weight-bearing joints. Pain in these two joints can result from chronic arthritis — osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, congenital abnormalities and deformities, or post-traumatic arthritis.
The shoulder is the third most frequently replaced joint. Additionally, more people facing ankle arthritis and other ankle disorders today are having total ankle replacement surgery. Joint replacements are also performed on the elbow, wrist and fingers.
Choosing Joint Replacement Surgery
If various non-surgical therapies fail to relieve your symptoms, total joint replacement surgery might be right for you. You also may consider it if pain, stiffness or limited mobility is interfering with your quality of life.
Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of total joint replacement surgery and help you decide whether it is right for you.
Partial Knee Replacement Surgery
Partial knee replacement surgery is an alternative to total knee replacement. It is designed for patients whose arthritis is confined to just one part of the knee, either the medial compartment (the inside part of the knee), the lateral compartment (the outside part of the knee), or the patellofemoral compartment (the front of the knee between the kneecap and thighbone). Patients who are candidates for the procedure typically experience a quicker recovery and less pain after surgery than a total joint replacement.
A Thoughtful, Comprehensive Approach to Care
Your care team is led by an accomplished orthopedic surgeon, but also includes dedicated anesthesiologists, physical therapists, nurses and others. They oversee every aspect of your treatment, from our pre-operative educational program through at-home care and support.
Together, your team will help you by:
- Thoroughly educating you before and after your procedure
- Managing your pain
- Getting you up and moving as quickly and safely as possible
- Preventing infection
- Supporting a long-lasting joint replacement
The Research Advantages of an Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
NEBH is active in studying how new treatment protocols and surgical instruments, devices and methods affect patient outcomes. For patients like you, our work is paying off in the form of longer-lasting joint implants, more efficient procedures and infection rates that are among the lowest in the country.
Research innovations in joint replacement at NEBH include:
- Development of cementless hip joint implants, which offer greater stability and are the gold standard of hip joint replacement
- Clinical trials focused on advanced hip and knee devices and materials for increased durability and range of motion
- Our joint registry, which helps us monitor and study patient outcomes over the long term
- Refining protocols for multimodal pain management that have improved patient safety and comfort
Our Otto E. Aufranc Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery, one of the first programs of its kind in the United States, helps keep our physicians at the forefront of our field.
Learn more about total joint replacement surgery, arthritis, non-surgical care of joint disease and the anatomy of joints at American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.