Knee replacement surgery in Virginia

When non-surgical methods aren't enough to resolve your knee pain, orthopedic surgeons at HCA Virginia's hospitals help you find relief through effective surgical procedures such as partial and total knee replacement. Our knee specialists understand how debilitating knee pain can be and are committed to providing superior care and education so you can heal quickly and get back to doing the things you love.

For more information about our knee replacement services or for help finding a knee surgeon, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line.

Comprehensive knee replacement programs

Along with the national recognition our knee replacement programs have earned from industry authorities on quality and clinical excellence, patients choose HCA Virginia hospitals for knee replacement surgery because of our:

  • Care throughout the journey — We are with you every step of the way, offering case management and customized care plans suited to your needs.
  • Excellent joint replacement outcomes — Our total knee replacement patients spend very little time in the hospital after surgery — an average of two to three days.
  • Personalized rehabilitation plans — We offer both inpatient and outpatient on-site rehabilitation services to help you recover as quickly as possible after knee surgery.
  • Preoperative education — Our experienced teams offer joint replacement orientation before your surgery. It includes a tour of the hospital you are having surgery at as well as what to expect in each phase of the process.

Types of knee replacement procedures

Knee replacement surgery, which is also called knee arthroplasty, relieves pain and restores joint function. It involves resurfacing or capping the ends of the bones damaged by arthritis or injury with prosthetic pieces (artificial implants).

Candidates for knee replacement surgery

You may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery if you:

  • Experience knee pain during physical activity
  • Feel knee pain while resting
  • Have difficulty sitting, climbing stairs or bending down because of pain or discomfort in your knee
  • Have tried other treatments, such as diet, exercise and medications, without successfully relieving your knee pain
  • Wake up during the night because of knee pain

Types of knee replacement surgeries we offer

We offer two main types of knee replacement surgery, including:

  • Partial knee replacement (knee resurfacing) — When damage is limited to a portion of the knee (inside, outside or front), we may be able to spare healthy tissue and bone in this less invasive procedure.
  • Total knee replacement (total knee arthroplasty) — When too much damage has been done to the knee to allow for knee resurfacing, a total knee replacement may be needed. In this procedure, orthopedic surgeons resurface damaged portions of all three bones (thigh, shin and kneecap) that form the knee joint. They do this by using metal and plastic implants, which vary depending on your weight, size and activity level.

Minimally invasive knee replacement surgery

When possible, our orthopedic surgeons use minimally invasive techniques so you can have a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. Sometimes this includes robot-assisted surgery, which relies on 3D preoperative planning tools and real-time, intraoperative data on your bone anatomy and soft-tissue. This "mapping" process allows our surgeons to personalize surgeries and enhance outcomes.

Recovery after a knee replacement

After your knee surgery, the best and fastest road to recovery is through a comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation. Our surgical and rehab teams design a plan tailored to your needs and recovery strategy while answering any questions you or your family may have.

In most cases, rehabilitation will begin the day of surgery, when you walk from the stretcher to your bed after leaving the recovery room. After you leave the hospital, your physical therapist may recommend you continue physical therapy either at one of our hospitals or at a location close to your home.