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Total and Partial Joint Replacement


Beacon Bone & Joint offers both traditional and minimally invasive surgery for your joint replacement needs.

Traditional joint replacement surgery repairs and replaces painful, damaged joints such as your knee, hip or shoulder. The surgeon puts in a partial or whole new joint, plus other materials for strength and support. Using the latest in materials and procedures our joint replacement specialists can develop the perfect solution for your individual needs.

In addition to traditional surgery, our specialists are also able to perform minimally invasive techniques for less pain and faster healing. Using a thin, flexible tube called a catheter and microscopic devices, our surgeons can view and treat a damaged joint. Other less invasive approaches include anterior (front) hip surgery. This provides more direct access to the hip than other approaches, such as those from the back. It can help limit discomfort and speed healing.

In all joint replacement cases, your surgeon will evaluate your needs and discuss the best approach for you.

When is it time to consider joint replacement?

When your shoulder hurts during activity. When your knee hurts at the end of the day. When your hip is so sore it makes sitting uncomfortable or pain wakes you up at night. If you are frustrated because you can’t be as mobile as you’d like, it may be time to consider partial or total joint replacement. At Beacon Bone & Joint, you will get accurate evaluation and diagnosis, followed by leading-edge joint replacement procedures.

Our goal is to return you to maximum function. Inpatient and outpatient care options available along with follow-up physical and occupational therapy. That’s convenient, connected care.

Preventative orthopedic care.

Our preventive care includes screenings to check your bone and joint health. We also offer classes, events and programs year-round. When accidents happen or age-related arthritis weakens your bones and joints, we help with that, too.

The right care at the right time

Making an appointment should never be a hassle. We’re available to you when and where you need us – online or on the phone. Make your choice and get moving back to health.

Wondering if you need Bone & Joint Care?

Learn more about the symptoms, causes and treatment options.

Hip Replacement

Hip replacement may be an option if your hip pain interferes with daily activities and nonsurgical treatments haven't helped.

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Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery can relieve pain and restore function to a knee joint that's severely damaged, usually by arthritis.

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Total hip and total knee replacement excellence

Congratulations to Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Both Beacon hospitals have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification. Our teams exceeded rigorous standards and proved their dedication to keeping our communities moving through clinical excellence.

Frequently Asked Questions

Scheduling depends on your availability, the surgeon’s availability and the type of surgery you need. It can vary from patient to patient but can typically be scheduled within 6 weeks.

Consultation with a hospitalist for surgical clearance along with a pre-testing appointment. This typically includes checking labs, chest xray and heart function if needed.

  • Lose weight if indicated
  • Participate in pre-operative physical therapy if prescribed
  • Stop smoking
  • Healthy diet
  1. Infection (wound and prosthesis)
  2. Blood clot
  3. Prosthetic malfunction
  4. Nerve injury

General surgical pain can last for several weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will use a multimodal approach. Including pre-operative medications, anesthetic blocks, and intra-operative injections. Opioids, Tylenol, nerve medications and NSAIDS can be used immediately after surgery for pain control. The opioids can be weaned off in the first couple weeks while continuing the other medications. Ice will be used to control swelling which in turned helps alleviate pain.

Several factors will determine whether you stay overnight such as age, medical history, and social support. Some patients can go home the same day if they meet certain criteria. The majority of patients stay overnight and are discharged the morning after surgery.

Pre-op physical therapy may be prescribed if the doctor feels that you need to strengthen the muscles in your legs before surgery. After surgery a physical therapist will evaluate you to determine if you will need ongoing physical therapy once surgery has been performed.

When you are not taking any opioids. Generally patients can return to work 8-12 weeks after surgery.

Most patients will use a walker for a couple weeks after surgery to aid in their mobility.

Patients are usually cleared for driving once they are not taking any opioids and have been deemed to be safe by the surgeon. This usually happens 4-8 weeks after surgery.

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