When two or more bones come together they form a joint. The bone ends of healthy joints have a smooth layer of cartilage, which helps the bones to move without friction.
If disease or injury damages the cartilage or the bone, the joints become swollen, stiff, and painful. Total joint replacement removes the damaged joint and replaces it with an artificial one.
Orthopedic surgeons perform more than 780,000 total joint replacement surgeries every year. Replacing these joints with an artificial one, or prosthesis, offers many patients significant improvement in their quality of life.
The most frequent reason for joint replacement is to relieve the pain and disability that comes with arthritis and to return to functional activity. Most joint replacements involve hip and knee joints, but doctors can also perform them on ankles, shoulders, and elbows.
We take a personal approach to your care. Our surgeons treat patients with joint replacement surgeries using state-of-the-art joint implants, minimally invasive techniques, and surgical navigation systems whenever possible to reduce discomfort and speed up recovery.
John Muir Health is a participant, along with The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) for Medicare Fee for Service (FFS) beneficiaries who electively or emergently receive a total hip or total knee replacement in the hospital setting.
The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model is a five-year bundled payment program where John Muir Health is directly responsible to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the quality and cost of Medicare-reimbursed care provided to beneficiaries between a beneficiary’s admission to the hospital for lower extremity joint replacement and 90 days post-discharge (“Episode of Care”).
The CJR Model allows John Muir Health to enter into gainsharing agreements with Practitioners to align care delivery with financial incentives established by CMS to reward high quality, efficient care.
The Gainsharing Program is intended to improve the quality of care, patient experience, and cost-effectiveness of care provided to applicable Medicare beneficiaries with respect to Episodes of Care.
Becker's Healthcare, a leading source of news and information for health care leaders, recently named Walnut Creek Medical Center in their 2019 list of the "100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs.” Walnut Creek Medical Center has earned recognition for quality of care and patient satisfaction for orthopedic and spine surgery.
John Muir Health’s Concord and Walnut Creek Medical Centers have again been ranked very highly by U.S. News & World Report in its 2019/2020 list of America's Best Hospitals. The Walnut Creek Medical Center has a nationally ranked service for the 13th straight year. This year Nephrology (#41), Orthopedics (#48) and Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (#50) all achieved national rankings. For the third straight year, the Concord Medical Center was one of only 1% of hospitals nationwide to receive a high performing rating in all nine procedures and conditions evaluated. Walnut Creek and Concord were also designated as Best Regional Hospitals, ranked #2 and #3 in the SF Metro Area and #13 and #15 in the state, respectively.
Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, has named our Walnut Creek Medical Center as one of America’s Top 50 Hospitals for six straight years (2014-2019). The Walnut Creek Medical Center also received clinical excellence awards for General Surgery, Joint Replacement, Orthopedic Surgery and Pulmonary Care. In addition, in 2019, Healthgrades named our Concord Medical Center as one of America’s Top 50 Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and one of the Top 100 Hospitals for Joint Replacement.
A Three-Year Accreditation was awarded to John Muir Health for the following programs: