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Those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, ganglia, genetic abnormalities, sports related injuries, a trauma or simple “wear and tear” of their joints can take comfort in the fact that our mission of being passionate healers dedicated to honoring the Sacred in our sisters and brothers is not limited to spiritual care. We are also leaders in clinical and surgical care, performing more elective orthopedic operations than any hospital in the region. From 2004 to 2008, 37 percent of hip and knee replacements were performed at St. Joseph's. In 2010, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center performed 3,459 orthopedic procedures overall.

St. Joseph's is proud to have exceptionally talented surgeons producing great outcomes. Our anesthesiologists will provide you with optimal pain management and our award-winning nurses will give you the care you expect — pre-, intra-, and post-surgery. St. Joseph's is also known for using the best and newest technology available. Our operating rooms are fitted with special ultraviolet lights, which aggressively kill infection-causing germs. Additionally, our surgical staff utilizes surgical helmet systems (SHS), which reduce the patient's risk of acquiring a deep wound infection. The SHS apparatus consists of a hooded helmet and face shield equipped with a battery-operated breathing device. The hood and face shield prevent anything from falling into the incision and the breathing device acts to filter the air. Combined with ultraviolet light technology, the possibility of acquiring an infection is reduced even more.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality, most compassionate health care possible by alleviating pain, restoring function, and enhancing the overall quality of life of our patients.

The exceptional care we provide has been nationally recognized. St. Joseph's is the recipient of HealthGrades'® America’s 100 BEST for Joint Replacement in 2012 and we’ve received the Joint Replacement Excellence Award for two years in a row, 2011-2012. Additionally, we are ranked among the top five percent in the nation for joint replacement for two years in a row, 2011-2012, and have been accredited by DNV Healthcare Inc. The weight of these awards is a testament to the fact that St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center delivers a higher level of care.

Other recognitions include:

  • Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2007-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2007-2012)
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Hip Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
  • Blue Distinction Center for Orthopedic Care (Excellus BlueCross BlueShield)


The foot's bones, muscles and joints are a miracle of complex interactions. Each foot contains 26 bones and a multitude of joints and muscles that work together to provide mobility and stability. The average person takes about 10,000 steps each day, so it is no surprise that foot pain caused by injury, arthritis, diabetes, genetic abnormalities, or wear and tear is often debilitating.

St. Joseph's Podiatry Surgery Center is located at the North Surgery Center in Liverpool, NY. Our all-inclusive care includes:
  • Examination, preparation for surgery, and a post-operative needs assessment during a single pre-admission testing visit.
  • Special equipment and/or training, including:
    • Pain management
    • Wound care
    • Gait training
    • Crutch walking
    • Safety evaluation
  • Additional services, as needed, through referral to the:
    • Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
    • Certified Home Health Care Agency
    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service

Fracture Care

At St. Joseph’s, we offer a Geriatric Fracture Program with a team approach to fracture care. Fragility fractures from osteoporosis or falls have a wide range of complications and, consequently, a need for a multidisciplinary care approach. Our team can offer early preoperative assessment and avoid operative delays, as well as streamlined discharge planning and rehabilitation, returning our patients to a pre-injury quality of life as quickly as possible.

Some benefits of the Fracture Program are:
  • Superior medical care using a co-management model comprised of orthopedic and medical experts
  • Streamlined admission process
  • Screening for osteoporosis and management
  • Optimal scheduling of fracture surgery
  • Daily evaluation to ensure earlier mobility and faster recovery
  • Pain management
  • Reduction of adverse events
  • Earlier initiation of rehabilitation


At St. Joseph's, we understand how important your hands are. Whether your injury is a result of trauma, arthritis or ganglia, our dedicated outpatient surgery center provides the highest quality and most compassionate health care possible. Practicing a streamlined approach, you can expect to have all pre-admission tests, evaluations and preparation done at one location. Most procedures allow you to return home the same day – one more reason to look to us for your hand and wrist needs.

Joint Replacement

Arthroplasty, or joint replacement, is a surgical procedure to resurface or remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint (called a prosthesis) in order to restore the integrity and function of a joint. Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is a loss of the cartilage or cushion in a joint, and is the most common reason for arthroplasty. Other reasons include injury, arthritis or simple over-use. Performing more than 1,200 joint replacement surgeries annually, St. Joseph’s Center for Orthopedic Care offers numerous options for those affected. Whether a knee, hip or shoulder, we provide both traditional and minimally invasive or robotic assisted procedures to replace either the whole or partial joint.
After surgery, patients will have substantial improvement in their joint pain, ability to perform activities, and quality of life. The integrated team at St. Joseph’s will provide you not only with the highest level of care in the hospital, but will create a therapeutic plan for optimal recovery, including physical therapy rehabilitation.


Low back pain affects 80 percent of Americans at some point. There are numerous causes for low back pain, including muscle spasms, arthritis, herniated discs, deformities, infection and fractures.

To understand why you need spinal surgery and how to protect your back before and after surgery, you need to learn about your spine and how it functions. To learn how your spine functions and common spinal surgical procedures, visit our Spine Surgery page.

Sports Medicine

While many sports related injuries do not require injury, there are some that do – specifically when the knee, shoulder or hips are involved. The goal of sports injury medicine is to return the athlete to his or her previous level of fitness and to know when surgery is necessary to achieve that goal.
Some common procedures include:
  • Knee Repair and Reconstruction
    • Joint Preservation Surgery (Cartilage Transplantation)
    • ACL Reconstruction and Meniscus Surgery
    • Patella Removal
  • Shoulder Repair and Reconstruction
    • Rotator Cuff Repair
    • Labral Surgery
    • Shoulder Instabilities/Dislocations
    • Clavicle Fracture Repair/Separation
  • Hip Repair and Reconstruction
    • Arthroscopy
Meet our orthopedic surgery team.

Relevant Terms

A surgical procedure to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint (called a prosthesis).
A fluid-filled sac located between bones, ligaments, or other adjacent structures that helps cushion joints.

A type of tissue that covers the surface of a bone at a joint. Cartilage helps reduce the friction of movement within a joint.

A type of tough, elastic connective tissue that surrounds the joint to give support and limits the joint's movement.

A curved part of cartilage in the knees and other joints that acts as a shock absorber.

A degenerative joint disease where there is a loss of the cartilage or cushion in a joint.

Synovial Membrane
A tissue that lines the joint and seals it into a joint capsule. The synovial membrane secretes synovial fluid (a clear, sticky fluid) around the joint to lubricate it.

A type of tough connective tissue that connects muscles to bones and helps to control movement of the joint.


The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 
The American Association of Neurological and Orthopaedic Surgeons
St. Joseph’s Orthopedic Blog