Major joints in the body are the hip, knee and shoulder. A joint is a special structure in the body where the ends of 2 or more bones meet. Cartilage covers the ends of the bones and "cushions" them for smooth, easy movement.

When a joint is diseased, such as with arthritis, the cartilage wears away. The bones become rough and grind together, causing pain and disability.

The main benefit of total joint replacement is pain relief. The decision to undergo surgery is a personal one. At Wake Forest Baptist Health, our orthopaedic surgeons evaluate each patient and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you, your condition, and your lifestyle.

Non-surgical treatment may be an option for you. If so, your physician may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, individually designed home exercise program, or a combination of these.

If surgery is your best option, our joint replacement program offers a full menu of surgical options that fit patients of all ages and activity levels. We use the latest technology and advanced techniques to offer minimally invasive surgical options when possible. That means less pain for you and shorter recovery times.

Surgical treatments include:

Joint Replacement Surgery Rehabilitation

Depending on your condition, your recovery and exercise plan will be tailored to meet your needs. Each patient recovers differently and revisions often progress at a slower pace than the initial joint replacement surgery.

Your stay in the hospital will be short and your recovery will be continued after discharge in your home with family, or at an extended care rehab center. It is important for you to make a commitment to follow your doctor’s instructions and work on your exercise plan in order to benefit most after joint replacement surgery. Learn ways to prepare your home for your return after joint replacement surgery to make you comfortable and help with your recovery.

Same Day Hip and Knee Surgery

Patients who qualify for same-day total joint replacement surgery can have surgery in the morning and go home later the same day. Same-day surgery is available for:

Patients should:

  • Be younger than 65 years old
  • Have good overall health
  • Have a strong support system at home

About the Joint Replacement Unit

The Joint Replacement Unit at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Sticht Center. There are 16 rooms on the unit. Each room is a private room with a bath. Learn more about your hospital stay and the amenities at Wake Forest Baptist.