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Hip & Knee Centers

Orthopedics

Recognized Excellence

Saint Luke’s South Hospital has been certified in orthopedic joint replacement for hip and knee by The Joint Commission.

Imagine your life free of joint pain

Saint Luke’s Hip & Knee Centers help patients move again—and get back to life’s most important activities.

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In 2007, Saint Luke’s opened its first dedicated Hip & Knee Center at Saint Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park, Kan. The program brought together a wide team of specialists—orthopedic surgeons, orthopedic nurses, and specialized physical and occupational therapists. They focused their attention and expertise on total joint patients alone, and within a short amount of time, Saint Luke’s had changed the way hip and knee replacement services were delivered.

Today, patients needing total joint replacement can access dedicated Hip & Knee Centers at three Saint Luke’s locations: Saint Luke’s South Hospital, Saint Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, and Saint Luke’s North Hospital-Barry Road in Kansas City North.

Saint Luke’s Hip & Knee Centers provide protocol-driven total joint replacement care, which leads to faster recovery, lower complication rates, and better overall outcomes. A typical patient’s Hip & Knee Center experience includes:

  • Pre-op class for first-time joint patients. Taught by an orthopedic nurse, the class lets patients know what to expect during their hospital stay and after they return home. This helps alleviate pre-op anxiety and improve their changes for successful rehabilitation.
  • Group rehab sessions. As much as possible, the centers group patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery into weekly teams. Each team undergoes surgery the same day, starts therapy together the next day, and encourages each other during recovery. Studies show that patients heal more quickly and are more satisfied with their new joints when grouped together using this approach.
  • Shorter-than-average hospital stays. Saint Luke’s Hip & Knee Centers boast shorter-than-average hospital stays: three days or less versus the national average of four days. The centers also have lower-than-average infection rates.

Find a participating surgeon, sign up for a pre-op class, or connect with an orthopedic nurse. Call 816-932-5100 or visit Saint Luke’s Concierge online.

Q&A: Total joint replacement

 

  • A sporting couple sidelined by pain gets back in the game with new joints from Saint Luke's South Hospital's Hip & Knee Center.

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  • Getting around had become nearly unbearable for Clarice McLaughlin. The 75-year-old should’ve been enjoying retirement after years of caring for others as a certified nursing assistant.

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  • Dick Pierce was out of joint. A lifetime of injuries, running, basketball, and the wear and tear of weight bearing had eroded the satin-like cartilage that was supposed to cushion the space between his tibia and femur and allow his knees to rotate comfortably.

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  • 09/26/2017 - 5:00pm
    Saint Luke's East Hospital - Hastings Conference Room A & B

    This class is designed for the person that is going to have joint replacement surgery.  Items discussed include getting ready for surgery, the surgical procedure, what to expect after surgery, physical & occupational therapy, possible complications and ways to prevent, and life after hospitalization.  People not scheduled for surgery but wanting more information before they make the decision for surgery may also attend.

  • 09/27/2017 - 10:00am
    Saint Luke's North Hospital–Barry Road

    This class is designed for the person that is going to have joint replacement surgery. Items discussed include getting ready for surgery, the surgical procedure, what to expect after surgery, physical & occupational therapy, possible complications and ways to prevent, and life after hospitalization. People not scheduled for surgery but wanting more information before they make the decision for surgery may also attend.

    4th Floor Conference Room.

  • 10/03/2017 - 2:00pm
    Saint Luke's East Hospital - Hastings Conference Room A & B

    This class is designed for the person that is going to have joint replacement surgery.  Items discussed include getting ready for surgery, the surgical procedure, what to expect after surgery, physical & occupational therapy, possible complications and ways to prevent, and life after hospitalization.  People not scheduled for surgery but wanting more information before they make the decision for surgery may also attend.

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  • Michael Williamson, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Saint Luke’s North Hospital, talks about rotator cuff tears – including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
  • Michael Williamson, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Saint Luke’s North Hospital, talks about joint replacement surgery – including the process for evaluating a patient for joint replacement, the recovery process, and the future of joint replacement.
  • Hear orthopedic surgeon Robert Gardiner, M.D., medical director of Saint Luke’s South Hospital’s Hip & Knee Center, discuss the latest techniques in total joint replacement and how candidates for hip and knee replacement are getting younger every year.