Hip and Knee

In addition to being the first hospital in Orange County to perform artificial hip and total knee replacements, St. Joseph Hospital has in recent years pioneered innovative surgical approaches, introduced new technologies and exceeded national averages for outcomes. Currently, St. Joseph Hospital has the highest volume of surgeries in Orange County and the third highest volume in California. Last year alone we performed 1,075 hip and knee replacements surgeries. As the premier hospital in the region and one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic services, St. Joseph Hospital is committed to keeping you in motion.

From prior to admission through discharge, men and women requiring hip and knee procedures can expect their needs to be fully met. Our patients are happy that we provide classes just for those planning to undergo hip or knee surgery, minimally invasive procedures, and a beautiful healing environment with private rooms on a floor exclusively for orthopedic patients in our new patient care Center. We're concerned with the hip or knee and more; we're dedicated to each patient's body, mind and spirit.

Minimally invasive and advanced hip replacement procedures

  • Anterior Approach
  • Mini Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Arthroscopy

Knee replacement 

Walking, running, crouching, jumping, and turning - it's all part of our lives in motion. When knee pain interferes with your ability to move and is not solved by nonsurgical means, your doctor may recommend knee replacement. 

Knee replacement is often the best solution for people with severe knee damage. If you have knee pain and medicine and other treatments are no longer working, your doctor may recommend knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty. As mentioned, one of the most common causes of knee pain is osteoarthritis – also known as "wear and tear" arthritis. Conservative treatments such as steroidal and non-steroidal drugs, and physical therapy may effectively relieve pain and restore mobility. However, more severe pain and disability may require knee resurfacing (replacement) surgery.

During a total knee replacement, the surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone from the surface of your knee joint and replaces them with a man-made surface of metal and plastic, called a prosthetic. In a partial knee replacement, the surgeon only replaces one part of your knee joint.

Those who are eligible for a knee replacement surgery include those who have:

  • Knee pain that has failed to respond to conservative therapy (including medication, injections, and physical therapy for 6 months or more)
  • Knee pain limits or prevents activities of importance to the patient
  • Arthritis of the knee
  • Decreased knee function caused by arthritis
  • Inability to sleep through the night because of knee pain