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We performed more than 1000 joint surgeries in 2015.

Our Joint Replacement Center Stands Out

Here is why. We have:

*Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), 2015.
Orthopedic Surgery

Joint Replacement

The Joint Replacement Program at Virginia Hospital Center:

  • Offers a comprehensive approach to patient care
    Our focus is always on excellent surgical outcomes and outstanding patient satisfaction.

  • Has an interdisciplinary approach to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcomes
    Our team of dedicated physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists and case managers work together to develop and implement individualized treatment plans for you.

  • Designed to help you regain mobility and return to your activities of daily living (work, exercise, running errands, etc.)
    We are committed to helping you get back into your daily activities as safely, quickly and comfortably as possible.

Types of Joint Replacements

Total Joint Replacement is a surgery to replace all or part of a badly damaged joint with an artificial device made of metal and plastic (a prosthesis). The surgery is done after more conservative therapies have failed; its goals are to lessen pain and restore joint movement.

Partial Joint Replacement is a surgery to remove the most severely damaged joint tissue and lining the surface of what remains with metal.
Hip and knee replacements are the most common type of joint replacement procedures at the Virginia Hospital Center.
Our Orthopedic Surgeons are also experienced with ankle, shoulder and elbow replacements.

To read more about the program, please click on the links below to expand or collapse.


Comprehensive Care Starts before Surgery…

Your treatment plan begins four to six weeks before the joint replacement surgery takes place. It may include the following:

  • Pre-operative appointment with your Surgeon
    Finalize surgical plans.
  • Pre-operative appointment with your Primary Care Physician
    Obtain preoperative tests and medical clearance.
  • Pre-operative telephone interview for preoperative Medical History
    A nurse will obtain your medical history and give you individualized instructions for the day of surgery.
  • Pre-operative Joint Class
    Members of the Joint Team will give you information on how to prepare yourself and your home for surgery and what to expect when you come into the hospital.

… and Continues Through Rehabilitation

Experience has shown that the sooner a patient begins to use a new joint, the better their overall recovery will be. Our Program is designed for you to go home one to two days after surgery.

The Joint Replacement Program has a dedicated therapy facility in the Orthopedic Department to ensure you get moving quickly and safely. Physical therapists work with you in the gym, assess your abilities and teach exercises and movements designed to enhance your recovery and protect your new joint. Physical therapists help address your goals for going home (getting out of bed, walking, climbing stairs, etc). You will also work with occupational therapists to learn techniques and use tools that will help you function independently with dressing and toileting.

Going Home

Discharge planning is an essential part of hospitalization. The Joint case manager coordinates services, medical equipment and care for after you leave the hospital.

Our program is designed to ensure that you are ready to go home one to two days after surgery.

Our Joint Replacement team follows up to make sure you are well on the road to recovery. While joint replacements are becoming more routine; choosing to undergo joint replacement can be challenging and intimidating. The Joint Replacement team at Virginia Hospital Center understands and will be with you every step of the way.

Pre-operative Joint Replacement Class

Are you already scheduled for a knee or hip replacement? Being prepared is the first step toward a successful surgical outcome. Be sure to attend our in-depth Total Joint Replacement Class either in person or online. It's best to take this class four to six weeks prior to your surgery.

There are two options available for the Pre-operative Joint Replacement Class:

  1. Pre-operative Joint Replacement Class at Carlin Springs is a traditional classroom setting.
    1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month, 1:00 - 3:00 pm and 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
    (You will receive a current class schedule and directions to the class from your surgeon’s office.)
    Virginia Hospital Center Urgent Care (Carlin Springs Campus)
    601 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA 22204
    Registration: click here

  2. Pre-operative Joint Replacement Class Online is in a video format. You will need internet access to participate.
    You will receive an e-mail within three business days with login information to the Joint Replacement Class Online.

Virtual Tour

  • Arrive at the Surgery Center reception area and check-in with the receptionist, Parking A, Zone A, 2nd Floor.
  • Prepare for your surgery in a private pre-operative room. Meet your surgical and anesthesia team.
  • A dedicated orthopedic OR team will provide highly specialized care.
  • A patient tracking board keeps your loved ones informed of your location in the Surgery Center.
  • After surgery, nurses will carefully monitor your recovery in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).
  • After the PACU, you will be admitted to a private room in the Orthopedic Department.
  • Your orthopedic team consists of physicians, nurses, patient care assistants, therapists and case managers.
  • Your therapists will work with you in your room and in a dedicated therapy facility in the Orthopedic Department.

Patient Education Videos

Pre-operative Exercises Instructions

To watch this video, please click here.

Discharge Instructions

This discharge video will help to ensure that you are safe at home. Everything on this video is written for you in your discharge folder. Your nurse will join you after you watch the video to review your medications and individual discharge instructions.
To watch this video, please click here

Post-operative Instructions

  • Hip Precautions
  • Reacher
  • Sock Aid
  • Compression Stockings
  • Elevated Commode

To watch these videos, please click here.

Post-operative Nutrition Recommendations

Eating nutritiously and hydrating after joint replacement surgery can help with wound healing, keep your immune system strong and reduce some of the side effects of pain medications. For more information on what to eat, click here

Patient Success Stories

"Six weeks after surgery, I was back riding the Metro to work with no problems. I went back to practicing yoga and dancing and I started water aerobics. Today, I’m feeling great. The chronic pain is gone, and I no longer walk with a limp. I work out with a personal trainer three times a week, in addition to my other exercise routines. The hip replacement surgery was definitely the right decision for me."
– Alfreda R. Young.
To read more, click here.

A month after bilateral knee replacement surgery, George Sephton was back working in his garden. George only took three weeks off from work. A month after his surgery, he was mowing the lawn. “This surgery was life-changing for me,” he said. “I am extremely glad I had it done. Now, I’m looking forward to hiking in Maine.”
To read more, click here.

Joint Replacement in the News

ARLNow.com | Wellness Matters

What Happens When Younger Patients Need Joint Replacement?
To read this article, click here

Contact Info
  • For questions or concerns about our program or pre-operative classes, contact Total Joint Patient Line at

    Phone: 703.558.6621
    E-mail: TJR@virginia

“Our doctors, nurses, therapists and case managers really work as a team. The result is better, safer care for our patients.”

— David W. Romness, MD.

“We take care of patients here as if they were our family members.”

— Colvin C. Wellborn, MD

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