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Joint Replacement

Over time, joints—where cartilage connects two bones—can break down and cause pain, limiting your ability to enjoy an active lifestyle. If your condition has not improved from noninvasive treatment, you may benefit from our New York joint replacement and reconstructive orthopedic services.

Enhancing Your Quality of Life

Doctor and patient

During a total joint replacement, your doctor removes your weakened joint and substitutes an artificial one that moves and works like a natural joint. This can help you return to function and get back to the activities you love.

At UHS, you'll find the only health system in New York with a program dedicated to orthopedic reconstruction and joint replacement care. In fact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services named UHS one of the best hospitals in the country for knee and hip replacement surgery.

Here, your doctor will use the latest surgical technologies and methods to perform your procedure and improve your health outcomes and mobility. Your surgeon may use a diagnostic tool like arthroscopy to determine the health of joint and find out if you are a good candidate for surgery. Find joint replacement procedures at UHS for:

  • Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Watch Dr. Lissy talk about articular cartilage, the smooth covering on bone ends where they meet to make a joint.

The Recovery Process

With our New York joint replacement and reconstructive orthopedic procedures, you’ll walk within a day of surgery. The physical therapy that follows helps you rebuild strength in your surrounding muscles to improve your mobility even more. Recovery time varies based on how stiff your joint was before your procedure.

Committed, Expert Care Team

You will benefit from the care and attention of a diverse team of dedicated medical professionals whose focus is to improve your quality of life. Led by the area’s top orthopedic surgeon, Lawrence Wiesner, DO, your New York shoulder, knee, and hip replacement team includes:

  • Over 500 cases per year
  • Joint care coordinator – Nurse advocate. Linda Cox, RN, who organizes your care from the time you schedule surgery through your return home after your procedure
  • Nurses – Assist with your medical care
  • Physical and occupational therapists – Help you return to function through conditioning exercises focused on your area of need
  • Case manager – Coordinates discharge and follow up care
  • Additional specialists, as needed – Home care nurses PT/OT

Expert Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Care Close to Home

Find exceptional orthopedic and sports medicine care throughout the UHS service area in New York’s Southern Tier. Services and treatments may vary by location. Your doctor will refer you to the location that best suits your care needs.