Joint Replacement Surgery



Joint Replacement Surgery


We provide knee, hip and other joint replacements for those struggling with pain, stiffness and deformity. Whether you’ve been injured or have an arthritic condition, a total joint replacement can help increase your mobility and improve everyday activities.

Procedures are much less invasive today; incisions are smaller, fewer muscles and tendons are disrupted. You can enjoy quicker recovery while experiencing less pain and fewer complications.

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Our expert care and services include:

  • Nonsurgical care consultations, including medications, braces, canes and injections
  • Highly trained surgeons from acclaimed residency and fellowship programs
  • Leading edge, proven surgical techniques and comprehensive care
  • Total ankle, knee, hip and shoulder replacements
  • TRIA Hotel Recovery Program and direct-to-home discharge options for appropriate patients

Types of Joint Replacement Surgeries

TRIA Orthopedic Center offers all types of total joint replacement surgeries including:

What is a hip replacement?

The hip is a ball and socket joint. Large muscles surround the joint, and smooth cartilage covers the surfaces of the bones to cushion the joint. This cushion allows your hip to move without pain. When the cartilage breaks down, usually from osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, the bones in the joint rub against one another, causing your hip to become stiff and painful to move. During surgery, the damaged joint is replaced with an artificial hip joint with one of a variety of prostheses available. Your surgeon can discuss options and help you decide which is best for you. 

Hip Specialists & Surgeons:

Kirk Aadalen, MD

Timothy Gabrielson, MD

Patrick Horst, MD

Der-Chen Huang, MD

Patrick Morgan, MD

Gavin Pittman, MD

Christine Pui, MD

Mark Thomas, MD

Total Hip Replacement Videos

Partial Hip Replacement

Hip Replacement – Anterior

Revision Hip Replacement

What is a knee replacement?

Cartilage is the smooth rubbery surface that covers the knee joints to cushion them. When knee cartilage becomes damaged, usually from osteoarthritis, your knee becomes stiff and painful to move, and may need to be replaced by an artificial joint to ease the pain and stiffness, or correct alignment issues. During surgery, the damaged joint is resurfaced with one of a variety of prostheses available. Your surgeon can discuss options and help you decide which is best for you. 

Knee Specialists & Surgeons:

Kirk Aadalen, MD

Joel Boyd, MD

Gary Fetzer, MD

David Fischer, MD

Patrick Horst, MD

Timothy Gabrielson, MD

Der-Chen Huang, MD

Gregory Hildebrand, MD

Gavin Pittman, MD 

Patrick Morgan, MD

Christine Pui, MD

John Steubs, MD

Mark Thomas, MD

Brian Walters, MD

Partial Knee Replacement Videos

Total Knee Replacement

Revision Knee Replacement

What is a shoulder replacement?

The shoulder is a large ball-and-socket joint made up of bones, tendons, muscles and ligaments which hold the shoulder in place. Smooth cartilage protects the bones and enables them to move easily. During surgery the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components, prosthesis. Your surgeon can discuss options and help you decide which is best for you.

Shoulder Specialists & Surgeons:

Jonathan Braman, MD

Edward V. Craig, MD, MPH

Der-Chen Huang, MD

Mark Thomas, MD

Mike Walsh, MD

Brian Walters, MD

Total Shoulder Replacement Video

Planning Ahead for Total Joint Replacement Surgery

Planning ahead for joint replacement surgery can improve the success of your surgery and help you recover faster. Take an active role by asking questions, addressing any fears or anxieties you may have following preparation instructions:

  • Schedule your surgery, post-operative exam and physical therapy appointments
  • Complete your pre-operative exam
  • Complete the “Total Joint Pre-operative Questionnaire”
  • Arrange for time off of work
  • Start your hip or knee exercises
  • Check your health insurance coverage
  • Watch a joint replacement DVD
  • Apply for a “Disability Parking Certificate”
  • Complete any necessary dental care
  • Prepare a healthcare directive
  • Learn about adaptive equipment
  • Prepare your home for when you return after surgery

Recovering from Joint Replacement Surgery

It is important for you to play an active role on your recovery. Be sure to ask for help, if necessary. Let your nurse know how you are doing. Ask questions if there is anything about your care you do not understand.

Hotel Recovery Program

If you qualify to receive post-surgery care through the Hotel Recovery Program, you will be taken to a suite at the hotel following a short post-operative recovery period. Our nursing staff will be onsite at all times during your stay at the hotel and you will begin your physical therapy and rehabilitation program at the hotel. The people who will be supporting you at home are required to stay with you at the hotel and learn their roles in assisting your recovery.

Physical Therapy

Prior to surgery, you will have met with a physical therapist to show you exercises that you will work on pre-operatively and have crutch training. After surgery your physical therapist will show you how to move safely and do exercises to regain strength and mobility. Goals of physical therapy include:

  • Strengthen the muscles that support your new hip or knee
  • Restoring the normal range of motion of your new joint
  • Understanding how to perform specific exercises to continue after you leave the hotel
  • Following restrictions for positioning and movement
  • Getting in and out of bed or chair safely
  • Using assistive devices to safely walk on your own
  • Using stairs safely

After you leave the hotel

Your level of independence varies after surgery and will depend on your surgeon’s discharge instructions. Depending on your recovery, you will have three different discharge options. Insurance plans vary in their coverage, check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage before surgery.

  • Home exercises with outpatient physical therapy: If you think you will need help with exercises and you have someone who can drive you to appointments, outpatient physical therapy may be a good choice. Talk to your doctor or care coordinator about outpatient physical therapy.
  • Home exercises without outpatient physical therapy: If your recovery is likely to progress rapidly and you feel you can do exercises on your own, you may not need outpatient physical therapy.
  • Home exercises with at-home physical therapy: If you are likely to be homebound due to fatigue, weakness, or physical limitations, a physical therapist will visit you at home. Park Nicollet Home Care will contact you when you return home after surgery to schedule appointments.

Managing Post-Surgery Complications

Complications can occur after your operation, such as infection, stiffness, spinal headache, blood clot, nerve or blood vessel injury and fracture. You can take steps to prevent many of these complications. Watch for and report any symptoms to your doctor.

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