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.
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
Dar Stone, Certified Physician Assistant
Orthopedic & Spine Surgery Coordinator
Certified Physician Assistant Dar Stone is dedicated to ensure each orthopedic or spine surgery patient’s experience exceeds expectations. As the Orthopedic and Spine Surgery Coordinator, she is your point of contact for a concierge level of service unique to Southern Hills Hospital.
As a board-certified physician assistant, the Orthopedic and Spine Surgery Coordinator has the ability and expertise to handle most issues that may arise.
Your first point of contact while in the hospital should be your nurse. Additionally, the physician assistant is another resource to coordinate between you, your nurse, and your surgeon. This is another example of Southern Hills Hospital setting a new, higher standard of care for the Las Vegas Valley.
Southern Hills Hospital now offers the Mako advanced robotic-arm assisted procedure for total knee, partial knee and total hip replacement procedures. This highly advanced robotic technology transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed, enabling surgeons to increase accuracy.
This minimally invasive procedure is available for those suffering with debilitating pain of the knee or hip. Our specialty trained, orthopedic surgeons can treat patient-specific knee or/and hip conditions with the most advanced technology designed to improve patient outcomes.
Through a CT scan of the diseased joint, the system creates a 3D modeling of the patient’s bone anatomy. This allows surgeons to create a personalized surgical plan based on each patient’s unique anatomy. By selectively targeting only the part of the bone damaged by degeneration, surgeons can resurface the diseased portion, while helping to spare the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding the joint.
To find a physician for this our orthopedic program, call (702) 916-5023.
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 and Hip Fracture Programs
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some patients don't want to wait too long, others don't want to do it too early and some think they're too young for a joint replacement. What I tell my patients is that age really shouldn't play into the equation, because I've [performed hip surgery] on patients as young as 16, and as old as 100. So age, for me, really doesn't play into it.
I recommend a total hip arthroplasty when it meets three conditions:
- It's going to fix the problem the patient has.
- The patient is going to use it. (I don't care how long they're going to use it - if they're going to get up and walk then the surgery can help them.)
- The risks of the surgery aren't greater than the benefits.
Myth 1 – Only older people get hip replacements
The myth that this is an operation for an older person is just that, it's a myth. It's just an operation for anyone who has severely limiting hip pain.
I have many patients who are in their 30s, 40s and 50s who developed severe hip arthritis for one reason or another and they get their hip replacement done, their pain goes away and they're back to life.
Myth 2 – Hip replacements only last 10 years
The modern replacements that we have nowadays, the 10 year survivorship rate is probably close to 92 to 95 percent. So in 10 years, 92 to 95 percent of people have not needed another surgery. I tell patients a good rule of thumb is that for every year you've had the joint replacement in, there's about a one percent chance you'll need another surgery. So, by 10 years it's 10 percent, by 20 years it's 20 percent, by 30 years it's 30 percent.
The myth that there is a limited lifespan on these things is not true. A certain percentage of patients will need to have surgery again, but that number is quite low, even after 20 and 30 years.
Myth 3 – You’ll be recovering in bed for weeks
People also worry: "How long am I going to be in bed?" Well, you're going to be in the operative bed for maybe an hour and a half and then after that you shouldn't be in bed unless you're sleeping. We want you up and walking. That gets the hip moving, it improves the range of motion and it keeps the blood clots away.
When we perform [these procedures] at Texas Orthopedic Hospital, the surgery itself usually takes about an hour to an hour and a half, we get the patients up on their feet usually two hours after surgery and some patients go home the same day. For others, they may stay one night but they're up and walking the same day of surgery.
Myth 4 – Total hip replacement is the only option
There are other procedures, like hip resurfacing, which treat the same problem as [total] hip replacement, but they can allow for higher functionality, meaning there are patients who get hip resurfacings who can run long distances on that, people can play professional sports on hip resurfacings.
You don't have to live with hip pain or feel sad or helpless. We have a very good operation that will allow you to hopefully maintain all of your functionality. The patient satisfaction rate with hip replacement is somewhere between 98 and 99 percent, so it's a very reproducible and very reliable surgery.
And you also don't need to worry that just because you're going to see a hip replacement surgeon that you're 100 percent going to have surgery. We have surgeon in our title, but that doesn't mean that you have to have surgery. If you are struggling with severe hip pain and aren't sure how to proceed, talk to a well-trained hip replacement surgeon and look at your options.
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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.
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 9:00am), call (702) 916-5023.