Total Hip and Knee Replacement Program

Baptist Health Hardin Total Hip and Knee Replacement Program provides patient-centered care designed to help the patient meet their lifestyle goals. The multidisciplinary team works closely with each patient to determine the appropriate treatments for their hip and knee relief so they can get back to doing what they love.

Hip and Knee replacement patients encounter more than 60 Baptist Health Hardin team members that support them on the continuum of care ranging from consultation and education to surgery and inpatient care to outpatient therapy.

Program Distinctions:

  • 1st in Kentucky to earn Joint Commission’s Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification
  • Kentucky’s lowest 30-day readmission rate – 3.2% – according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • 12th lowest readmission rate in US according to Becker’s Hospital Review

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Knee and Hip Joint Pain Assessment


Wondering what your knee and hip pain means? Or what you can do to alleviate that pain? Take this knee and hip assessment to find out how well your joints are functioning and how joint pain affects your quality of life.

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Knee replacement has been around since 1962 and
there have been constant iterations of improvement.

As we go along, we have gone along with better
instruments, better implants, better anesthesia

for pain control, and better
modalities of physical therapy.

In the operating room, our improvements
have been using robotic assistance

for intraoperative planning and execution
of the knee replacement surgery.

The robot is simply an assistive device
helping to get a more accurate outcome.

This particular technology allows us to minimize our
incision size, it allows us to balance the soft tissue

such as the ligaments so that the knee is
not too tight and feels more like a natural knee,

and it also allows us to make accurate bony cuts lining
up the knee joint in the middle of where the hip joint

is and the ankle joint.

It allows us to get the alignment of the artificial
knee as close to the patient's native knee as possible.

What I have noticed in the postoperative benefit to the
patient is that they are able to accomplish their range

of motion a little bit earlier.

So what this means is that they're able to get back on
their feet and essentially get back to their lives and

activities of daily living in a
little bit of a quicker fashion.

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I recommend anterior hip replacement surgery to
patients that begin to develop severe arthritis

in their hip that it is significantly
limiting in their activities of daily living,

especially when they become a falls risk or they're
no longer able to do the things that they enjoy.

With anterior hip replacement surgery, we are
able to perform this procedure through a smaller

incision in the front of the hip.

This allows us to spread through muscle planes.

We do not need to cut any muscle.

And we're able to use intra-operative X-ray to
perfectly position the implants to make sure that we

can restore the patient's native anatomy,
position the implants to give them the

best possible outcome.

Patients will have less postoperative
restrictions and a lower risk of dislocation.

I think the best benefit for patients is that they
don't have to travel into a major metropolitan area

to have the same benefits and receive the same
cutting-edge techniques for surgical intervention

for hip replacement surgery.

Being able to have it done at a smaller institution,
usually we're able to get patients scheduled quicker.

Patients get more one-on-one
care in a smaller institution.

We have physical therapy on-site that will work
with the patients the same day before they go home.

So overall, I think it's an
excellent thing to have here.

I find this to be incredibly rewarding.

It's a life-changing operation for patients.

They're some of the happiest patients I
have worked with on a day-to-day basis.

They have excellent recovery.

Most of them have no pain by the
time that they come in at two weeks.

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