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We performed more than 1100 joint surgeries in 2014.

Our Joint Replacement Center Stands Out

Here is why. We have:

*Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), 2013.
Orthopedic Surgery

Joint Replacement

The Joint Replacement Program at Virginia Hospital Center:

  • Offers a comprehensive approach to patient care
    From pre-operative testing to post-discharge phone calls, our focus on excellent surgical outcomes and outstanding patient satisfaction is paramount.
  • Has an interdisciplinary approach to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcomes
    Our team of dedicated surgeons, anesthesiologists, 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.

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 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 be discharged two days after surgery.

Whether you go home or to another facility, 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.

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.

Virtual Tour

  • Arrive at the Surgery Center reception area and check-in with the receptionist.
  • 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.

Pre-Operative Class

Are you already scheduled for a knee or hip replacement? Being prepared is the first step toward a successful surgical outcome, so be sure to attend our in-depth Total Joint Replacement Class. It's best to take this class four to six weeks prior to your surgery. Please bring a family member or friend who will be involved in your recovery.

Our Instructors

  • David Ogilvie, RN Case Management
  • Kathy Miller, Senior Physical Therapist
  • Elise Wilson, RN, Orthopaedic Nurse
  • Niama Roland, RN BSN CPAN, Total Joint Coordinator


1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Virginia Hospital Center Urgent Care (Carlin Springs Campus)
601 S. Carlin Springs Road, Arlington, VA 22204
Call Total Joint Patient line at 703.558.6621 or CLICK HERE.


To register, e-mail tjr@virginiahospitalcenter.com and provide:

  • your name
  • e-mail address
  • date of surgery

You will receive log on instructions within three business days.

Patient Education Videos

Pre-operative Exercises Instructions

Post-operative Instructions (playlist of 5 videos):

To watch each video separately, please CLICK HERE.

Patient Success Stories

A month after bilateral knee replacement surgery, George Sephton was back working in his garden. 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
  • Total Joint Patient line: 703.558.6621

“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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