All orthopedic surgeons are board certified or board eligible, and our clinical team includes a wide array of healthcare professionals: specially trained orthopedic nurses and physical therapists, chiropractors, radiologists, sports rehabilitation specialists, and others.
We are proud to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement® by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona for providing comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries. Blue Distinction Centers® are part of a national designation program that recognizes hospitals that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively.
Designated as an Aetna® Institutes of Quality® Orthopedic Surgery Facility -Total Joint Replacement, the dedicated team of physicians on the medical staff at St. Luke’s excels in clinical performance, access, and efficiency for orthopedic care.
St. Luke’s Medical Center is designated as a Cigna Centers of Excellence (COE) for Knee Replacement. Cigna’s program evaluates and recognizes hospitals with positive patient outcomes and high cost-efficiency measures. Participating hospitals meeting specific quality and cost-efficiency criteria are designated as a Center of Excellence by procedure and condition.
Joint Replacement & Resurfacing
St. Luke’s Medical Center is a leader in micro invasive joint replacement and joint resurfacing. We are the only hospital in Arizona that offers the SuperPATHTMand transpiriformis approach to total hip replacement. We are also the first Arizona hospital to offer MAKOplasty® partial knee resurfacing. St. Luke’s also offers Navio®, a partial knee replacement procedure. In fact, our patients travel from around the country for these cutting-edge procedures, performed by trained surgeons at St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Local candidates for total joint replacement surgery (hip, shoulder, or knee) are encouraged to participate in our Motion Academy® Total Joint Replacement Class, which provides information about the procedure, physical therapy, recovery and more. Engaging our patients in education and responsibility for every aspect of their care is a high priority at the Center for Orthopaedic Innovation.
Mako Robotic Surgery
First, a CT scan of the diseased hip or knee joint is taken. This CT scan is uploaded into the Mako System software, where a 3D model of your hip or knee is created. This 3D model is used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing your joint replacement procedure.
In the operating room, your surgeon follows your personalized surgical plan while preparing the bone for the implant. The surgeon guides the robotic-arm within the pre-defined area and the Mako System helps the surgeon stay within the planned boundaries that were defined when the personalized pre-operative plan was created.
Total knee vs. partial knee replacement
Based on the severity of the arthritis in the knee, total or partial knee replacement may be recommended by a surgeon. Both procedures involve the orthopaedic surgeon guiding the Mako Robotic-Arm to remove diseased bone and cartilage.
SuperPATH Hip Replacement
SuperPATHTM is one of the latest, most revolutionary micro invasive options for total hip replacement. Most patients who elect to undergo this procedure enjoy the following benefits (compared to traditional total hip replacement):
- Less pain and scarring
- Less blood loss during surgery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Decreased risk of hip dislocation
- Fewer postoperative movement restrictions and precautions
- More natural feeling hip
Patients who suffer from one of the following diseases in the hips may be candidates for SuperPATHTM total hip replacement:
- Traumatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Avascular necrosis.
The SuperPATHTM procedure may also be prescribed by an orthopedic surgeon to correct a previous fusion or hip replacement.
- Knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, elbows and hands
- Sports injuries
- Work-related injuries
- Back pain