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Joint replacement



The Hospital of Central Connecticut offers the latest techniques in hip, shoulder and knee replacements, along with extensive patient education and comprehensive post-surgical care and rehabilitation.

Hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery replaces the diseased and damaged parts of the hip joint with specially designed metal and plastic "ball and socket" parts. It replaces cartilage that has worn away over the years. Hip replacement patients are benefiting from advances in surgical techniques, such as smaller incisions, and new technology. Stronger implant materials like metal, ceramic or combined metal and durable plastic, are increasing joint longevity.

Most hip replacement patients begin standing and walking with help the day after surgery and spend no more than five days in the hospital.

Recovery varies with each person, but it's important to follow your surgeon's instructions for home care, particularly the exercise program you're given.

Many patients can resume most normal light activities, including driving, four to six weeks after surgery, with complete recovery in three to six months.

Knee replacement surgery

The knee is the most common joint replaced and The Hospital of Central Connecticut offers several options. Surgery, which can be for one or both knees, replaces diseased or damaged parts of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (lower leg bone) and worn cartilage.

The gender-specific implant for women, presents a narrower design more reflective of the female knee anatomy.

Partial knee replacement

For patients whose knees have been only partially affected by osteoarthritis, this surgery uses a smaller incision and enables a quicker return to daily activities.

Most knee replacement patients begin moving the knee and walking with help the day after surgery and spend no more than five days in the hospital. Recovery varies with each person, but it's important to follow your surgeon's instructions for home care, particularly the exercise program you're given.

You will need a walker for three to six weeks, then a cane for another three to six weeks. Many patients can resume most normal light activities, including driving, four to six weeks after surgery, with complete recovery in three to six months.

Shoulder replacement

Shoulder replacement can be done one of two ways at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. With the traditional procedure, the bones of the upper arm and shoulder are replaced with a ball or socket or capped with metal if the damage is less severe. The newer reverse shoulder reverses the ball and socket components in patients suffering from severe arthritis or irreparable rotator cuff injuries.

Patient stories

Meet some of our joint replacement patients.