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Regional Joint Replacement Center

St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement Center offers a unique care experience for total hip and knee replacement patients. Care focuses on education prior to surgery followed by a group recovery program that’s proven to get patients back to their normal routine faster.

The program emphasizes wellness and a healing environment while keeping a patient’s family members involved throughout the treatment process. A multidisciplinary team of experts, including physicians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, provides care and education.

St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement Center is recognized nationally for healthcare quality by the Joint Commission. St. Mary’s has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval™ with disease-specific care certification for hip and knee joint replacement.

Studies have shown that joint replacement patients who recover as a team reach their goals faster and with fewer complications. For this reason, St. Mary’s program features a group recovery process with emphasis on a family environment.

Specially trained staff members provide encouragement and support while incorporating fun activities.

Patients at St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement Center will experience:

  • Pre-operative education class with a comprehensive notebook
  • Dedicated, specially trained staff members
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Daily newsletters to reinforce education
  • Private rooms
  • Group therapy
  • Specialized amenities
  • Quicker recovery

Our Physician Team

Steven Lochow, MD
Steven Lochow, MD

Vivek Neginhal, MD
Vivek Neginhal, MD

For more information, call (304) 526-1311 or (800) 9ST-MARY, ext. 1311.

Hip Replacement

Who is a candidate?

Before hip replacement surgery is considered, all non-surgical options should be tried first. The best candidate is someone who has:

  • Daily pain that interferes with normal activities, such as standing or walking
  • Stiffness in the hip that may limit sitting or lying down
  • Tried gait aids, such as a cane or walker, but they do not ease the pain

Latest advancements in hip replacement

Traditional hip replacements are still common practice, but new techniques have given patients more options.

Direct Anterior Approach for Hip Replacement

  • Less invasive procedure allowing exposure from the front of the hip joint as opposed to the side (lateral) or to the back (posterior)
  • Hip is replaced through a natural interval between muscles, leaving the important muscles for hip function, the gluteal muscles, undisturbed
  • Provides immediate stability of the hip and lower risk of dislocation.
  • Trauma to the surrounding tissues will be reduced when compared to traditional surgery

Knee Replacement

Who is a candidate for knee replacement?

Before joint replacement surgery is considered, all non-surgical options should be tried first. The best candidate is someone who has:

  • Daily pain that interferes with your normal activities
  • Significant knee stiffness
  • Instability, or buckling, of the knee
  • Significant deformity caused by osteoarthritis (bowlegs or knock-knees)

Latest advancements in knee replacement

Traditional total knee replacement (TKR) is still the gold standard solution and has been for many decades, but new techniques, materials and designs have given patients more options.

ConforMIS iTotal G2 Knee Replacement System

  • Designed for each individual based on your anatomy
  • Customized fit and alignment avoids sizing compromises common with traditional off-the-shelf implants
  • Designed to follow the shape and contour of each patient’s knee to help restore natural kinematics
  • Designed for optimal bone preservation
  • Cost is similar to standard total knee and covered by many major insurance companies

ConforMIS implants fit precisely by using CT scan data and 3-D printing technology to design an implant made specifically for each patient’s knee. They match the shape and curvature of a patient’s own knee to provide each patient with the potential for a more natural feeling knee.

XP Preserving Knee

Most traditional total knee implants require removal of the ACL, a ligament that helps provide the knee joint with natural stability and control. The XP Preserving Knee works with your natural anatomy to let you keep your healthy ligaments, including your ACL.

St. Mary’s Regional Joint Replacement Center is the only facility in West Virginia performing the XP Preserving Knee procedure.

Oxford® Partial Knee

Knee osteoarthritis sometimes only occurs on the medial side of the joint (the side closest to your other knee). In knees that are otherwise healthy, partial knee replacement can preserve the healthy bone, cartilage and ligaments.

Advantages of the Oxford Partial Knee include:

  • Much smaller than a total knee implant
  • Less Pain
  • Faster recovery
  • More natural motion
  • Low wear rates

Navio® Partial Knee Replacement

The Navio® Surgical System for Partial Knee Replacement Surgery is a robotics-assisted partial knee replacement system that delivers accurate and precise results tailored to each patient’s unique anatomy, without the need for a CT scan. Instead, the surgeon is able to create a 3-D map of the patient’s knee during surgery. Because Navio is CT-free, patients can receive the benefits of robotic guidance without the hassle, cost and radiation exposure of CT scans.

When compared with the total knee replacement alternative, Navio offers patients:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Less scarring
  • Less pain
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Shorter hospital stay or outpatient procedure in some cases
  • Quicker recovery and rehabilitation

Knee Replacement Patient Instructional Videos

(Only registered patients will be able to access these videos.)