Hips, knees and shoulders are the largest joint systems in the body. Since
they tend to get the most use, they are prone to injury and disease. They can
also wear down with age. The most common reasons for joint replacement are to
relieve joint pain, stiffness and improve mobility. Arthritis is the most frequent
reason for total joint replacement.
If you have pain or stiffness in your hip, knee, shoulder or wrist, or have
arthritis in these joints, you may be a candidate for the St. Joseph Mercy
Total Joint Program. From the day you and your doctor decide you should have
a new joint, to your final therapy session, you will receive exceptional service
and compassionate care from our dedicated orthopedic treatment team. The program
includes state-of-the-art operating rooms, and a comprehensive pre-operative
total joint program. Most patients can expect a new joint to last 15 years or
more, depending on a number of factors.
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritic deformities, congenital and developmental
abnormalities, trauma or a sports injury to the hand, wrist or forearm, our
surgeons specialize in micro and reconstructive surgery of the hand and wrist.
Foot and Ankle
Most of us take walking for granted, but the system that allows us stand, walk,
jog and jump is complex. Each foot has 26 bones, supported by three groups of
ligaments. Muscles and tendons help more the foot and ankle. Ankle sprains,
Achilles tendon injury, and overuse injuries are common foot and ankle injuries.
Even improperly fitted shoes can damage your feet. If you suffer a severe fracture,
you may need surgery. So if something goes wrong in a bone, muscle, ligament
or tendon, you’ll want the kind of specialized orthopedic care we offer
at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.