Joint Replacement

Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement


In November 2017, United Regional earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. United Regional earned re-certification in October 2021 when surveyors identified zero deficiencies in the program.

Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with advanced disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up care.

Established in 2016 and awarded for a two-year period, the advanced certification was developed in response to the growing number of patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement surgery, as well as the increased focus on clinical evidence-based patient care as it relates to pain management, quality of life issues, functional limitation in mobility and the return to normal daily activities.

Patients in need of joint replacements can come to United Regional with confidence that they will receive a standard of care that meets rigorous standards for quality.

Total Joint Replacement

You don’t have to live with severe joint pain and the limitations it creates in your life. In fact, there are many treatment options available at United Regional for this condition. And for those who don’t experience adequate relief with medication and other non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy or injections, joint replacement surgery can reduce your pain and increase joint function, helping you to return to the activities you once enjoyed.

Joint Replacement Surgery Performed at United Regional

Mako Robot for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement and Partial Knee Surgery

The addition of the MAKO Robot demonstrates United Regional’s commitment to precision medicine and expands our regional leadership in robotic surgery.

How robot-assisted joint replacement works

It all begins with a CT scan of your joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of your unique anatomy. This virtual model is loaded into the Mako system software and is used by your surgeon to create your personalized pre-operative plan.

Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

During an operation, the surgeon guides the Mako robotic-arm, which will limit their movements, as they prepare the bone for the implant, to within the boundaries set by the pre-plan. This means only the diseased bone is removed. The robot will then help with positioning the implant based on the patient’s anatomy.

In the Operating Room

The Mako system also allows your surgeon to make adjustments to your plan during surgery as needed. When the surgeon prepares the bone for the implant, the Mako system guides the surgeon within the pre-defined area and helps prevent the surgeon from moving outside the planned boundaries. This helps provide more accurate placement and alignment of your implant.

Partial Knee Replacement

Partial knee replacements (PKR) are designed to relieve the pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA). By targeting the part of the knee damaged by OA, a surgeon can replace the diseased bone while helping to spare the healthy areas and ligaments surrounding it.

The stability and precision of robotics means that the task of knee resurfacing is made much easier. By limiting the unnecessary removal of healthy tissue and bone, and better positioning implants, trauma and pain is reduced.

After Surgery

After surgery, your surgeon, nurses and physical therapists will set goals with you to get you back on the move. They will closely monitor your condition and progress.