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Total Joint Replacement at Chilton Medical Center

Are you ready to Get Your Life Back in Motion? 

Millions of Americans suffer from joint pain. Chronic and often debilitating, it interferes with work, sleep, chores and the pleasures that most of us take for granted, from walking in the park to playing a round of golf.

Thankfully, many have found a way to reclaim their freedom - and their lives - through total joint replacement.

Each year, nearly 800,000 people undergo hip and knee replacement surgery, the most common joint replacements performed in the United States. Put simply, in each case the damaged joint is removed and exchanged for an artificial one that restores range of motion while relieving pain.

Our Joint Replacement Center

If severe arthritis or other joint problems are compromising your mobility, you may be ready to consider joint replacement at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute at Chilton Medical Center. Our new Total Joint Center can help you take that first step toward a fuller, more active life. But don't just take our word for it.  Read our about success stories, Linda and Max, two patients who are healing and living life to the fullest, thanks to joint replacement surgery. 

The Total Joint Center combines cutting edge medical technology with the relaxing comforts of home. A visit to the Total Joint Center is far different than a typical hospital stay. At Chilton, we understand that joint replacement surgery is elective and most patients aren't sick. So you're not treated that way.

The Center includes 24 private patient rooms, all warmly decorated with natural color tones, wood accents, new furniture, ample seating and closet space, even welcoming sleepers for loved ones who wish to spend the night. Additionally, the Center offfers a rehabilitation gym located steps away from patient rooms, outfitted with top-of-the-line orthopedic equipment.

Patients appreciate the flat screen TVs, wireless internet access, and personalized itineraries so they are kept informed of the day's activities, care plan and goals.

Patients and their families are also afforded comprehensive education prior to, during and after surgery.

Unique Continuum of Care for Joint Replacement Patients

Taking care of a severely injured or diseased joint is more than applying state-of-the-art surgical techniques. It is the skilled hands-on evaluation and appropriate diagnostic testing that determines the best overall plan of care, remembering of course, that we are not treating a joint, but a human being.

It is our practice to exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering surgery. However, if and when a surgical procedure becomes the right choice, our orthopedic surgeons are trained to correct problems related to joint pain. Our unique continuum of care approach produces outstanding clinical and patient satisfaction results. This integrated approach enables our clinical team to properly evaluate a patient's condition and prepare each patient mentally and physically for their procedure; then we continuously monitor and manage their entire pre- and post-surgical performance and progress. This full-service approach, which integrates the patient's primary care physician and orthopedic surgeon with a host of clinical support staff, is designed to return our patients to maximum function as quickly and safely as possible.

Patient Specific Instrumentation

For those who suffer from severe knee arthritis, the Total Joint Center at Chilton Medical Center offers Customized Knee Replacement with Patient Specific Instruments. This technique uses MRI-based technology as well as computer software to detect and correct any deformity, ensuring the replacement joint fits perfectly with the patient’s existing anatomy. 

Prior to surgery, an MRI scan is performed of the patient’s knee, hip and ankle. Special computer software is used to create a 3-D model that matches the orientation, size and dimensions of the patient’s own knee. This information is then used to create customized cutting guides which only fit the patient about to undergo knee replacement surgery.  These specially designed guides enable the surgeon to remove a precise amount of bone to accept the knee replacement implant and help to preserve as much of the healthy bone as possible.

The process also enables the surgeon to correct any misalignment and return the knee to its pre-arthritic condition. Patients report less trauma to the knee, less blood loss and speedier rehabilitation with less post-operative pain.

To obtain a referral to skilled Chilton orthopedic surgeon, see our online physician directory or call 1-888-4AH-DOCS.

Learn about our participation in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services >

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