Joint Reconstruction and Replacement Surgery

Expert treatment for joint pain and joint disease

A mature couple sits on a dock and plays with their dog, representing the full life that can be led after joint reconstruction or joint replacement.

Expert treatment for joint pain and joint disease

Scripps offers advanced orthopedic care for patients with chronic joint pain or serious injuries to the hips, knees, ankles, elbows or shoulders that require joint replacement or reconstruction.


Nationally recognized for their experience and ability to handle complex cases, Scripps orthopedic surgeons perform more hip replacement and knee replacement surgeries and procedures than those of any other regional San Diego health care system.

Nationally recognized for orthopedics

Scripps is ranked among the nation’s best for orthopedic care by U.S. News & World Report, and Scripps hospitals are recognized by Blue Cross of California for providing quality care specifically in the areas of hip and knee replacement.


Scripps is one of only two San Diego health care providers participating in the California Joint Replacement Registry, which was created to provide comprehensive scientific assessments of devices and patient outcomes in hip and knee replacement surgeries. Our orthopedic doctors are also pioneers in clinical research on cartilage transplantation and global adoption of new ways to repair or replace damaged cartilage.

Joint conditions and injuries that may require surgery

From traumatic sports injuries to degeneration of major joints to the onset of osteoarthritis, Scripps orthopedic teams diagnose and treat a host of musculoskeletal diseases and conditions that may be candidates for joint reconstruction or replacement.


Scripps orthopedic surgeons specializing in joint replacement and reconstruction help patients get back in the game, whether it’s on the field in front of cheering fans or in the backyard with family and friends.

Joint replacement surgery and total joint care

Due to advances in surgical techniques, more people with severe and chronic joint pain are choosing to have knee replacement, hip replacement and other types of orthopedic surgery. With world-class hospitals, clinics and physician offices, Scripps provides advanced orthopedics care for various types of injuries and conditions. Learn about treatment options for joint replacement and repair, including diagnostics, surgery and physical rehab.

Garry's new hip

Garry Collins takes a swing on a golf course after undergoing a successful hip replacement procedure.

Garry's new hip

After Garry Collins underwent a successful hip replacement at Scripps, he was able to resume his favorite activities. Read his full story.

Lynn's new knee

Grandmother Lynn Sago smiles at the camera after her knee replacement surgery at Scripps.

Lynn's new knee

Lynn Sago struggled with knee pain for most of life, until she chose to have partial knee replacement surgery. Read her full story.

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Support services and resources

As leaders in orthopedic care, we know what it takes to keep joints healthy. That’s why we equip our patients with support services and resources to help them achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with rehab services to empowering you with educational resources, Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup to help you along every step of your journey.

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