The team of joint replacement experts at Southern Joint Replacement Institute understands that chronic pain affects every aspect of your life. Our orthopedic surgeons specialize in knee replacement, hip replacement and shoulder replacement to help you get back to the lifestyle you enjoyed before it was interrupted by pain.

Each stage of your journey is met with advanced expertise and caring. Our team walks with you every step of the way – from our front desk to our X-ray technicians, midlevel providers and nurse navigators. Our fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeons are part of a team of orthopedic specialists with additional training and experience in joint replacement. We prepare continuously through research, education and advanced surgical experiences to give you the best care available.

Much like certified auto mechanics, our surgeons understand specifically what’s going on “under the hood.” Their ability and skill in reconstructing every damaged piece of your joint can help you achieve your best life moving forward.

What is joint replacement surgery?

Joint replacement surgery is a surgical procedure that removes diseased or damaged portions of the affected knee, hip or shoulder joint and replaces them with a plastic, ceramic or metal device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to give you the same range of motion as a healthy, normal joint.

We offer primary and revision replacement of the knee, hip or shoulder. Benefits of joint replacement surgery include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Increased mobility
  • Long-lasting results

Is joint replacement surgery for me?

When non-surgical treatment such as medication, physical therapy and lifestyle modifications don’t produce the desired results, joint replacement surgery may be the answer. Advances in surgical techniques and implant materials have made joint replacement surgery a safe and effective choice and most are covered by a patient’s insurance plan. Our team helps you weigh your options and determine if joint replacement surgery is right for you.

We help you save time and money with treatment options that provide the long-lasting results you’re looking for. We focus on evidence-based, clinically proven care and not treatment trends such as using stem cells or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat your symptoms.

Preparing for joint replacement surgery

Before your surgery, our team will assess your health and prepare you for the upcoming procedure. This appointment is customized according to your health history, age and other factors determined by your physician.

Healthy habits help reduce your recovery time. For the best results:

  • If you smoke, quit before having surgery.
  • Eat nutritious meals.
  • Exercise regularly if you’re able.

Anticipate your post-surgery needs. Arrange for a caregiver or family member to help you with daily activities as you recover. Buy or install assistive items such as handrails, a long-handled reacher or a shower bench. Advanced planning will help ensure you have a successful surgery and quick recovery.

Joint replacement recovery

Joint replacement recovery and rehabilitation are different for everyone. You may experience temporary pain in the replaced joint as the surrounding muscle tissues heal and your body adjusts to the artificial joint. This new joint pain usually goes away in a few weeks with improved range of motion made each month.

Typically, your doctor will encourage you to use your new joint as soon as possible. We know it can be challenging to use the artificial joint during recovery. Still, exercise is vital to the healing process. Our team works with you to develop a recovery plan that helps strengthen your new joint and its surrounding muscles to restore movement and prevent future issues.

Joint replacement outcomes

Life-changing results are possible with joint replacement surgery. In most cases, the results of knee, hip or shoulder replacement surgery from Southern Joint Replacement Institute last for many years – bringing you improved, pain-free motion that would not have been possible otherwise.

  • More than 98% of our patients report being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” after their joint procedure.
  • Our six-week post-op complication rate is among the lowest rates in the country.
  • We perform more than 2,000 joint procedures annually.