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Orthopedics

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Southern Hills is Growing: New Fifth Floor with 46 More Patient Beds

Since its opening in 2004, Southern Hills Hospital has continuously provided high quality healthcare to the community. To ensure we are meeting the needs, the Southern Hills team regularly analyzes those needs and addresses them such as creating a behavioral health unit (geriatric psychiatric).

Southern Hills Hospital opened its new orthopedic/spine unit, adding 46 patient beds to the facility. What does that mean for you? A completely dedicated orthopedic/spine unit that has all private rooms, a new physical therapy gym and certified  in hip and knee replacements and hip fracture procedures, awarded by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.

For a unit tour and/or to attend a free joint replacement education class (ongoing each Friday at 9 a.m.), call (702) 880-2700. Learn more about AccendoWave, a pain distraction tool for patients on our orthopedic and spine unit.


The Joint Replacement Program at Southern Hills Hospital utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to total joint replacement surgery. We offer a team of experts who have dedicated their careers to orthopedic medicine and who will be there for you every step of the way.

The Joint Replacement Program at Southern Hills Hospital offers the area's most experienced team of Orthopedic Surgeons, Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists and Case Managers, all dedicated to getting you back to doing the things you love.

The Joint Comission - National Quality Approval

In an effort to continually deliver the highest quality orthopedic care, Southern Hills Hospital earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for its knee and hip replacement and hip fracture programs by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification awards recognize Southern Hills Hospital's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.

Joint Replacement Procedures

Free Joint Replacement Education Class – Every Friday at 9 a.m. at Southern Hills! Register now or call (702) 880-2700.

Joint Replacement Education Patient Guidebook (PDF)

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement surgery is very effective in relieving nearly all pain, in most cases. It is important to realize that a knee "replacement" is actually a "resurfacing" of the knee joint. The femur or thighbone is covered with a metal covering and plastic is placed on the tibia so the metal and plastic implants smoothly glide against each other, much like natural cartilage. In most cases the undersurface of the kneecap is also replaced with a plastic surface so that this glides with the femoral surface.

Activities after knee replacement that should produce no difficulty are simple walking, bicycling, golfing and swimming. The prosthesis is not designed for impact loading sports such as skiing, basketball and racquetball. People have been known to play doubles tennis with bilateral knee replacements.

Total Hip Replacement

According to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 168,000 hip replacements are performed each year. Of these, osteoarthritis accounts for the majority of patients needing a hip replacement operation. The condition, affecting about 30 million Americans, occurs when cartilage on the end of the bone begins wearing away, causing pain and stiffness. But when the cartilage wears away completely, the bones rub directly against each other and hip replacement is needed.

Other degenerative hip diseases leading to the need for hip replacement surgery include avascular necrosis, a condition where the head of the femur loses some of its blood supply and actually dies.

Hip fractures as well as some types of hip conditions that appear in childhood can also lead to degeneration many years after an injury that requires the need for hip replacement surgery. In a problem hip, where the cartilage has worn away, the joint bone becomes rough and pitted, resulting in pain and limited range of motion.

At Southern Hills Hospital, we are dedicated to maximizing your functionality with less pain. Hip replacement surgery can add to your quality of life and help you quickly return to many of your daily activities.