Joint Reconstruction and Replacement Surgery

Treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and conditions

Scripps Health offers expert orthopedic care in San Diego

Treatment of musculoskeletal diseases and conditions

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.

Total joint care

Man playing golf after joint replacement surgery.

Total joint care

Learn about treatment options for joint replacement and repair, including diagnostics, surgery and physical rehab.

Knee & hip replacements

Scripps patient Lynn Sago takes a walk.

Knee & hip replacements

Find out why more people with severe and chronic joint pain are choosing to have knee replacement or hip replacement surgery.

Experts in joint surgery

Woman bicycling to prevent chronic joint pain.

Experts in joint surgery

Scripps orthopedic surgeons are nationally ranked for the care they provide to treat a wide range of joint conditions.

Patient story: Garry Collins

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

Patient story: Garry Collins

After Scripps Health patient Garry Collins underwent a successful hip replacement, he was able to resume his favorite activities.

Nationally recognized for joint repair and replacement

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.


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.

Caring for athletes and everyday people

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.


Injuries or conditions that may require surgery to reconstruct or replace damaged joints in the hips, knees, ankles, elbow or shoulders may include:


  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, in which one of the main ligaments that helps stabilize and support the knee is partially or completely torn
  • Cartilage tears (also known as meniscus tears), in which the soft tissue between the joints is injured, causing pain
  • Fractures of the bone, which can lead to joint degeneration several years after the injury
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries, in which the ligament located along the inner knee is completely torn
  • Osteoarthritis, which is usually associated with aging joints’ “wear and tear” and is most commonly seen in patients age 50 or older
  • Osteonecrosis (also known as avascular necrosis), which can be due to a dislocation or fracture injury that limits blood supply to the head of the femur (thigh bone), potentially causing severe degeneration that leads to arthritis and chronic joint pain
  • Patellofemoral syndrome, in which cartilage under the kneecap may be deteriorating, or the kneecap is no longer moving properly
  • Post-traumatic arthritis, which is a type of arthritis that can be due to a traumatic hip injury or fracture that damaged cartilage
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, in which the synovial membrane is inflamed and thickens, leading to potential cartilage damage, joint pain and stiffness
  • Rotator cuff injuries, in which the group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint are partially or completely torn
  • Ulnar collateral ligament injuries, in which the ligament inside the elbow connecting the upper arm (humerus) with the forearm (ulna) is partially or completely torn

Joint replacement care options at Scripps

Diagnostics

Scripps offers more than 100 orthopedic doctors to provide comprehensive exams and diagnose causes of joint pain. Scripps has advanced imaging technologies and facilities to give our orthopedists the most accurate information to treat orthopedic injuries and conditions. Scripps also offers convenience for patients needing X-ray imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and other imaging technologies at various locations throughout San Diego County, from Vista to Chula Vista.

Joint replacement surgery

Scripps world-class hospitals, clinics and physician offices provide advanced orthopedics care. Treatment options for reconstruction and replacement of hips, knees, ankles and shoulders may include:


  • Total hip replacement surgery (also called hip arthroplasty), in which the head of the femur (thigh bone) is removed and replaced with a metal stem and a metal or ceramic ball, while the worn hip socket (acetabulum) is removed and replaced with a metal socket
  • Minimally invasive hip replacement, in which a smaller surgical incision is made than during a traditional total hip replacement surgery
  • Hip resurfacing, in which the head of the femur is trimmed and capped with a smooth metal covering, while the hip socket is removed and replaced with a metal socket
  • Total knee replacement surgery (knee arthroplasty), in which the ends of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) at the knee joint are removed and replaced with metal and strong plastic parts
  • Partial knee replacement, in which damaged tissue and bone in the inner knee or the outer knee are replaced with a metal and plastic part
  • Total shoulder replacement surgery (shoulder arthroplasty), in which the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) is removed and replaced with a metal stem and ball, and the shoulder blade socket (glenoid) is smoothed and replaced with a strong plastic socket
  • Reverse total shoulder replacement, which is similar to a total shoulder replacement, but the end of the upper arm bone is replaced by a metal stem and plastic socket, and the shoulder black socket, is fitted with a metal ball
  • Partial shoulder replacement (hemiarthroplasty), in which only the head of the upper arm bone, or the shoulder blade socket is replaced
  • Shoulder resurfacing, in which the head of the upper arm bone is trimmed and capped with a smooth metal covering, and the shoulder blade socket may be smoothed and replaced with a strong plastic socket or tissue graft
  • Ankle replacement surgery (ankle arthroplasty), in which damaged bone and cartilage are replaced with metal and plastic parts
  • ACL reconstruction, in which a torn anterior cruciate ligament is rebuilt using tissue — most commonly the kneecap tendon or hamstring tendon – from a donor or the patient’s body
  • MCL reconstruction, in which a torn medial collateral ligament that has not healed and restored stability to the inner knee is rebuilt using tissue from a donor or the patient’s body
  • Osteochondral allograft transplantation, in which cartilage from a donor is implanted to help restore stability in a patient’s knee, ankle or shoulder
  • UCL reconstruction, in which a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow is rebuilt using a tendon tissue from a donor or patient’s body
  • Total elbow replacement (elbow arthroplasty), in which an artificial elbow joint is inserted in the upper arm bone and lower arm bone (ulna)

Sports and physical therapy

Scripps offers several sports and physical therapy options for San Diego with facilities in North County, South Bay, Central San Diego and La Jolla. Sports and physical therapy services are provided at more than half a dozen locations by a team of experts using the latest techniques and technologies to help patients regain strength and mobility to get back in the game.

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