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Joint Replacement

If you live with arthritis, you have more options than ever for long-lasting pain relief through joint replacement. Surgeons at Torrance Memorial offer minimally invasive, partial, total, and revision joint procedures customized for you and your lifestyle. Achieve your best results with our advanced technology and complete care, all while staying near your home in the South Bay.

Joint Procedures

Every year, thousands of your neighbors choose Lundquist Orthopedic Institute for joint replacement. Also called arthroplasty, this treatment eases osteoarthritis pain that doesn’t go away after nonsurgical care. Trust your surgeon to help you choose the right type of procedure for your hip, knee, shoulder, or ankle.

Hip Replacement or Resurfacing

Total hip replacement exchanges the ball and socket for artificial implants that feel natural. Your surgeon will likely make the incision on your hip’s front (anterior) or side (lateral). This less invasive approach spares more healthy tissue than the traditional back (posterior) incision, leading to a quicker recovery.

Compared to total hip replacement, Birmingham hip resurfacing preserves more of your thigh bone. Instead of removing the head of the bone, your surgeon places a cap over it to prevent it from rubbing painfully against the socket. This procedure might be a good option if you’re young and active.

Knee Replacement or Resurfacing

Total knee replacement exchanges the ball and socket for artificial implants designed to give you years of pain relief. Your surgeon will make the smallest possible incision, so you have a shorter scar and less discomfort after treatment.

Partial knee resurfacing lets you keep some of your natural joint if only part of it has arthritis. You’ll be in the experienced hands of surgeons skilled in using our robotic technology to precisely perform this procedure. It affects less of your joint than a full replacement, and you’ll likely be able to go home the same day as surgery.

Shoulder Replacement or Resurfacing

Total shoulder replacement exchanges the ball and socket for artificial implants designed to offer years of pain relief. If you’ve had a severe rotator cuff injury, your surgeon may recommend reverse total shoulder replacement. This approach switches the position of the ball and socket so you can raise your arms higher.

Shoulder resurfacing places a cap over your arm bone rather than removing the full head of the bone, as in shoulder replacement. Also called partial shoulder replacement or hemiarthroplasty, this procedure may be a good option if you’re young and active.

Ankle Replacement

Total ankle replacement swaps damaged cartilage and bone for metal or plastic surfaces to let you walk without arthritis pain. Your surgeon will use a guide customized for your anatomy to place your implant precisely and give you the best possible fit.

Technology Tailors Treatment to Your Joint

For hip or knee replacement, your surgeon may use Mako robot-assisted technology to personalize your care. You receive a CT scan of your joint before surgery, and the Mako software uses the images to create a 3D digital model of your hip or knee. Your surgeon can then plan exactly how to approach your joint and place the implant in a way that fits perfectly and feels natural.

In the operating room, your surgeon follows the plan while controlling robotic arms that move with more precision and range of motion than human hands. Your procedure affects as little bone and tissue as possible, which reduces pain afterward and shortens your recovery time.

Award-Winning, Accredited Care

You can feel confident in our high-quality care because Torrance Memorial:

  • Has The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement Certification—an honor held by fewer than 3% of U.S. hospitals
  • Earned 2022-23 U.S. News & World Report High Performing Hospital recognition in orthopedics, knee replacement, hip replacement, hip fracture and spinal fusion.

These distinctions reflect our patients’ excellent outcomes.

Revision Surgery

If you had a joint replacement procedure elsewhere but aren’t satisfied with the way your joint works today, ask a Torrance Memorial surgeon about revision surgery. You may benefit from another procedure if:

  • Your implant loosened due to an injury, high-impact activities, weight gain, or just the passage of time
  • Your joint became infected
  • Your joint feels stiff because too much scar tissue has formed, and nonsurgical care hasn’t increased its flexibility
  • You had a partial joint replacement but now have arthritis in the remaining area of your natural joint

Our surgeons have the advanced skills needed for revision surgery. They’ll work with you one-on-one to fully understand your concerns and goals and make a custom plan for additional care.

App Offers Support at Your Fingertips

When you schedule surgery, we’ll help you sign up for an app that guides you through every step of the treatment journey. You can:

  • Get appointment reminders
  • Send a message to your orthopedic care team at any time
  • See your preparation instructions and rehabilitation plan in one place
  • Explore educational materials for you and your at-home caregivers

Learn all about the ways we help you get ready for a successful surgery.

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