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The Joint Center

This 30?bed unit is dedicated to patients having joint replacement surgery, including replacement of: X-ray of foot hardware.
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Hands
  • Wrists
  • Ankles

Close to 1,600 joint replacements were performed at TGH in 2016. ?TGH¡¯s knee, hip replacement and shoulder replacement programs have received program-specific certification from The Joint Commission.

TGH's orthopedic facility?is one of the few facilities providing 'mini-incision' joint replacement for patients who are candidates. Available for hip and knee surgery, during this procedure the surgeon does not cut through muscle, therefore, recovery time is faster.

Patients begin physical and occupational therapy the day after surgery to ensure mobility and functioning. The Joint Center has a designated physical therapy space located within the unit for the convenience of its patients and both the orthopedic trauma unit and joint replacement center have dedicated occupational and physical therapists. Revision surgeries are also routinely performed at TGH.

Makoplasty surgery machine
Photo courtesy of MAKO Surgical Corp.?


TGH offers MAKOplasty? partial knee resurfacing to relieve pain caused by joint degeneration. The RIO? Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic system provides the surgeon with real-time visual, tactile and auditory feedback to facilitate optimal joint resurfacing and implant positioning. It is the optimal placement that can result in more natural knee motion following surgery.

Potential benefits of the MAKOplasty? procedure include less implant wear and loosening, bone sparing, smaller incision, less scarring, reduced blood loss and less time in the hospital.