Catholic Health offers a full spectrum of knee and joint treatment options, from total replacement and resurfacing to the latest in advanced robotic procedures – including options that can help preserve the joints you have.
Our Buffalo-area orthopedic services include:
Catholic Health hospitals have received numerous recognitions for their knee and hip replacement services.
Blue Distinction Centers+ for Knee and Hip Replacement (2013)
Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Sisters of Charity Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus are Blue Distinction Centers+ for Knee and Hip Replacement℠, a designation that demonstrates our track record for delivering better results. We are the only hospitals in the Buffalo area with this designation. Click here to learn more.
Joint Commission - Total Knee & Total Hip Replacement Certification (2011)
In 2011, Kenmore Mercy Hospital became first the first hospital in the Buffalo area to receive Total Knee & Total Hip Replacement Certification from the Joint Commission, the nation's most trusted healthcare regulatory body. Click here to learn more about our Joint Commission Certification.
HealthGrades® - Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement (2014)
Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Sisters Hospital have been recognized as among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for joint replacement by HealthGrades®, the leading independent healthcare ratings company. Click here for more information.
Partial knee replacement is a minimally invasive surgery option that could mean shorter recovery time. More than 90% of our patients go home the very same day.
MAKO Medical Robot
MAKO is a medical robot that uses a robotic arm and patient-specific visualization techniques to prepare the knee joint for reproducible bone shaping, implant insertion and alignment – all through a minimal incision.
Up until recently, the general approach for arthritic knees and other knee issues has been to use cortisone shots and eventually replace the entire knee joint, which is comprised of three compartments. Surgeons were unable to isolate a specific compartment manually, and therefore would remove and replace the entire knee. This rather invasive procedure required a lot of recovery time and pain management, not to mention a large scar.
John Repicci, D.D.S., M.D., a dentist turned orthopedic surgeon, noted that the knee functions much like that of teeth, with more than 90 percent of damage to the joint affecting just the inner portion and reasoned that replacing the entire knee was excessive. It was he who developed the afore mentioned unicondylar knee implant.
By using the MAKO TGS system to replicate Dr. Repicci’s technical skills, hospitals across the United States are saving thousands of dollars.
Patients are able to postpone and potentially eliminate the need for a full knee replacement. To top it all off, the patient can walk out of the hospital the same day as the surgery!
Kenmore Mercy is currently the only facility in Western New York operating with a MAKO robot.
Dr. Repicci and his staff did a fantastic job on my knee replacement.
Total professionalism and courtesy. Operation was a great success.
My mother-in-law had her second knee replacement at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
Everything went very well.
The staff was exceptional in their after care.
With "custom fit" knee replacement surgery, custom cutting guides preserve healthy bone and ligaments and improve implant fit and alignment. This procedure allows for a quicker recovery time, less pain, and a better range of motion. Only 400 doctors nationwide perform this specialized surgery.
The new Mobile Bearing Hip™ technology for patients undergoing hip replacement offers patients increased stability and range of motion by mimicking the patient’s natural anatomy.
Unlike traditional “metal on metal” hip implants, the Mobile Bearing Hip™ is the only hip system on the market that uses advanced bearing technology. In lab testing, this resulted in a 97% decrease in wear compared to conventional hip implants.
The unique Mobile Bearing Hip™ looks and works differently than a traditional total hip implant, with two points of movement as opposed to one in a traditional design. The bearing mimics the top of the thighbone and moves freely within its shell, providing patients with greater range of motion, while maintaining an increased resistance to dislocation.
The special design is also less likely to impinge on the tendon that runs from the groin toward the front of the pelvic bone, reducing pain and increasing mobility.
MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement is a robotic surgery powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System.
If your symptoms aren't responding to non-surgical solutions, or your pain can no longer be controlled by medication, you may be a candidate for MAKOplasty® Total Hip Replacement.
Arthritis hip pain can be debilitating for active individuals. Work and recreational activities can put added stress on a painful hip forcing many people to retreat from life. A new procedure called “hip resurfacing” may be the answer to get people back to the activities they enjoy most.
Joseph Falcone, MD, chairman of Orthopedics at Sisters of Charity Hospital, was the first physician in the Buffalo area to perform the FDA-approved hip resurfacing procedure using the Mobile Bearing Hip system™. Click here for more information.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital is Catholic Health’s first hospital to offer hip arthroscopy – one of the newest procedures for treating hip pain.
Previously, there were few treatment options to relieve degenerative joint pain in the hip, with patients often requiring a hip replacement. Today, hip arthroscopy relieves pain, restores function, and often eliminates the need for hip replacement surgery. Click here for more information.
Ask Us Anything
A referral for orthopedic services may be needed, depending on your insurance company. Please contact an orthopedic physician affiliated with Catholic Health. His or her staff will evaluate your situation and determine if a referral is needed before your visit.
If you are searching for an orthopedic doctor in the Buffalo, NY area, click here to search our physician directory or contact our HealthConnection representatives at (716) 706-2112 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday - Friday.
After an injury or surgery, many patients require outpatient physical therapy as part of their recovery process. Catholic Health’s experienced therapists offer individualized programs while maintaining communication with the referring physician.