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Joint Replacement Surgery

Joints often become damaged due to injury or as a result of a medical condition such as Arthritis. When your joints are damaged, you may be in pain or find it hard to perform daily activities. In some cases, nonsurgical treatments like medications or physical therapy may relieve your pain and help you regain motion. However, nonsurgical treatments are not always successful and your physician may recommend a joint replacement surgery.

During a joint replacement surgery the damaged or arthritic joint is removed and replaced with a prosthesis. The prosthesis is a metal, plastic or ceramic device designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.

Our team of specialists at UNC REX Healthcare perform more total joint replacement surgeries a year than any hospital in the Triangle. We’re also recognized as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for hip and knee replacements, the most commonly performed joint replacements. UNC REX is ranked #4 in the country for having the lowest readmission rates within 30 days of discharge for knee and hip replacement patients.

Types of Joint Replacement Surgeries

UNC REX Healthcare offers a wide range of joint replacement surgeries including:

  • Knee Replacement
  • Hip Replacement
  • Shoulder Replacements

Our Expertise

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UNC REX Healthcare has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery. Blue Distinction is a designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care - safely, effectively, and cost efficiently. Learn more about the Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement®.

What to Expect

During your initial consultation, you’ll talk with your care team about how you’ll benefit from a total joint replacement and develop an individualized treatment plan. Your physician will also walk you through the surgery and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

Knee Replacement:

  • Surgery will last between 1 to 2 hours
  • Recovery will last between 1 to 4 hours
  • Average hospital stay is 1 to 2 days

Hip Replacement:

  • Surgery will last between 1 - 2 hours
  • Recovery will last between 1 to 4 hours
  • Average hospital stay is 1 to 2 days

Pre-Operative Joint Class

It’s important that you’re prepared for your surgery and informed about the care you’ll need following your procedure. We offer free preparation classes to patients who are planning to undergo total knee or hip replacement surgery. No registration is required. For more information, call (919) 784-2082.

During this class you will learn:

  • Valuable information about your surgery
  • What to expect following surgery
  • How to fully participate in your recovery
  • Equipment needed

Total Knee Replacement Classes
Tuesdays
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
UNC REX Critical Care Waiting Room

Hip Replacement Classes
Thursdays
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
UNC REX Critical Care Waiting Room

Free parking is available in the front of the main hospital. Come through the patient tower entrance, take your first right and you will see the Critical Care Waiting Room. 

Learn More

Call Rex HealthNet at 919-784-4490 for a physician referral or to learn about your orthopedic options.

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