Riverside Total Joint Replacement Program

Riverside’s total joint replacement program is designed to provide you with the highest level of care and peace of mind, all with a focus on returning you to the life you love. Our expert fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons offer patients a full range of surgical solutions for all joint replacement and musculoskeletal needs, including:

When you visit with one of our surgeons, you can expect to be treated with kindness and respect in accordance with our mission statement: “To care for others as we would care for those we love.” You can also expect to receive a complete diagnosis from on-site diagnostic tools utilizing the latest technology - from x-rays to ultrasounds, CT scans to MRIs - coupled with your surgeon’s expertise.

Your Riverside orthopedic surgeon and team will be happy to explain your specific total joint replacement procedure, the type of device being implanted and what you should expect in terms of pain management, rehabilitation or the type of home assistance you may need. Don't hesitate to ask questions – we welcome the opportunity to provide answers and ensure your comfort with the process.

When you choose Riverside for your joint replacement surgery, you’ll have an entire team by your side – and the Riverside system of care supporting every clinical need. Every one of your clinical specialists will be a part of your surgery planning, including cardiologists, pulmonologists or nephrologists – to make sure you’re ready for surgery and optimal recovery.

Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Surgery

Riverside orthopedic surgeons often use a minimally invasive procedure called arthroscopic surgery. Many knee conditions can be treated using outpatient arthroscopic surgery which allows our orthopedic surgeons to see inside the joint using a miniature video camera with an incision as small as a quarter of an inch.

If you need orthopedic joint replacement surgery, you'll find no better trained physicians and surgeons, supported by a dedicated team of nurses and physician assistants, anywhere in the region.

After your surgery, even with minimally invasive techniques, your mobility and flexibility will be limited while you are recovering. Planning ahead can keep you safe and provide a positive healing experience. Contact your Riverside orthopedic surgeon’s office to sign up for a free visit from the home health care nurse.

Understanding Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery removes a diseased knee joint and replaces it with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis. These implants are made to resist corrosion, degradation and wear. Total knee replacement surgery is typically used for people with severe joint damage from arthritis or injury. Followed by rehabilitation, knee surgery can relieve pain, restore range of motion and mobility and lead to an overall improvement in your quality of life.


Because your total knee replacement is usually a scheduled surgery rather than an emergency, you'll have time to prepare for the surgery and the recovery period. Riverside offers Joint University to help you prepare so you'll have worry-free surgery and rehabilitation. Please note - not all patients are enrolled in Joint University as it is procedure specific; ask your provider for more information.

Understanding Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Whether you are having a total or partial hip replacement surgery, you'll have time to prepare for the surgery and the recovery period that follows. One of the ways we provide care that is focused on you is by providing patient education. Research shows that patients have better health and fewer complications when they understand their health conditions and know what they can do to be healthier. Informed patients participate more fully in decisions about their health and in self-care.


Types of hip replacement surgeries

Your orthopedic surgeon has different surgical approaches when operating on the hip joint:

  • Posterior access - back side of the hip
  • Anterolateral access - lateral or side approach to the hip
  • Anterior access - frontal approach to the hip
  • Combined access - a combination of any of the above accesses

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Total Hip Replacement with Dr. Valaik

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