Joint Replacement Center

The starting point for addressing degenerative conditions of the hip or knee is the Joint Replacement Center at the Center for Musculoskeletal Care. Our adult reconstructive orthopaedic physicians evaluate conditions caused by arthritis, injuries, congenital problems and general wear-and-tear to determine the best course of treatment.

State-of-the-art radiology and X-ray services are easily accessible for you and your physician at CMC’s Center for Diagnostic Imaging, allowing for a seamless process when imaging is needed for diagnosis or evaluation. Rheumatologicpain managementphysiatry and physical and occupational therapy services are also conveniently located at CMC.

Joint Replacement Procedures

If surgery is required, you can entrust your care to a surgical team that performs more than 3,000 joint replacement procedures a year. These include:

  • total hip replacement
  • total and partial knee replacement
  • complex hip revision
  • knee reconstruction
  • anterior total hip replacement
  • hip preservation and impingement
  • pelvic, femoral and tibial osteotomy
  • hip and knee arthroscopy
  • patella-femoral knee replacement
  • complex knee revision

Learn more in our conditions health library or our procedures health library

Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement

The term “minimally invasive” is a “buzzword” in surgery, since some minimally invasive procedures have been shown to reduce recovery time and improve patient outcomes.

In fact, “minimally invasive” orthopaedic surgery refers to a set of techniques that orthopaedic surgeons use to reduce the impact on muscle, bone, and skin, during the procedure. Our total joint replacement surgeons are extremely experienced in these techniques and work with the latest technology and equipment in our specialized orthopaedic operating rooms and research laboratories.

Three frequently referenced techniques include minimal-incision, muscle-sparing, and minimal bone resection:

  • Minimal-incision (or small-incision): Smaller instruments have been developed which allow surgeons to perform joint replacement through smaller skin incisions. While it is cosmetically ideal to have a smaller skin incision, being able to see the muscle, bone and joint beneath the skin is critical to performing the best possible operation. Our surgeons take our patients’ cosmetic concerns very seriously, although sometimes, a larger incision must be made to ensure the best outcome.
  • Muscle-sparing: There are several surgical approaches to each joint, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. While some are promoted as “muscle-sparing,” they still require access to the joint, which will always impact the muscle.
  • Minimal bone resection/removal: Some surgeries (for example, hip resurfacing and unicompartmental knee replacement) are known to preserve bone. However, these operations are not for everyone and can actually have negative impacts on a patient’s recovery and ultimate outcome, if performed on someone without the indications for that procedure.

Our surgeons are all trained in many different “minimally invasive” techniques, and decide what is best based on each individual patient’s condition. In some cases, the approaches promoted as “least invasive” can actually carry a greater risk of complications. 

Our surgeons use their expert judgment in planning the surgery as well as during the procedure to perform the best possible operation and meet the primary goal: addressing a patient’s joint problem while giving them the best possible outcome.

World-class Team of Joint Replacement Physicians

Meet our renowned team of physicians and surgeons:

See a complete list of the faculty members of the Division of Adult Reconstructive Surgery*

To Reach The Joint Replacement Center

To make an appointment with one of our Joint Replacement/Adult Reconstructive Service physicians or to learn more about outpatient adult reconstructive services at CMC, please call 646.501.7300.

New patients: access patient forms here to complete them before your appointment and save time.

Learn more about the Adult Reconstructive Division of NYU Langone’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

*Not all Department/Division physicians see patients at The Center for Musculoskeletal Care. You may also call the NYU Langone physician referral line at (888) 7-NYU-MED (888-769-8633) to find a bone and joint specialist at a location that is convenient for you.