Joint Care and Replacement

People affected by severe arthritis in their hips and knees talk about their joint replacement experience at UC San Diego Health, including a man who was up and walking three hours after hip replacement surgery. See more patient stories.

Is joint pain hindering your active lifestyle?

The Center for Joint Care specializes in orthopedic care for people with arthritis and pre-arthritic conditions. Our specialists offer advanced, comprehensive care for painful hips, knees and shoulders. We are experts in:

  • Leading-edge medical therapy
  • Computer-assisted reconstruction or replacement surgeries
  • 3D, patient-specific implants and instruments
  • Outpatient-style surgeries with shorter hospital stays
  • The most up-to-date pain management techniques
  • Enhanced rehab and physical therapy

Call us: 858-657-8200

Outpatient Joint Replacements

For patients who are active and motivated to go home sooner, our surgeons can sometimes conduct hip replacements or partial knee replacements on an "outpatient" basis, with a hospital stay of less than 24 hours and physical therapy beginning within a few hours of surgery. 


Our team has expertise in ankle replacement surgery to treat ankle joints that have been badly damaged due to conditions such as infection, bone fracture, or arthritis. Learn more.


Hip Replacement

Our joint care team specializes in leading-edge hip resurfacing and replacement. People treated at UC San Diego Health have less pain and faster recovery time than they do at other medical centers. Learn more.


Our joint care team is a leader in total and partial shoulder replacement and resurfacing. Learn more.


Knee replacement

Using advanced imaging and robotic technology, our team performs muscle and tissue-sparing partial and total knee replacements. Learn more.

Understanding Arthritis

There are a lot of myths about arthritis and arthritis treatment. Learn the facts about this disease as well as the nonsurgical therapies that are currently available. Learn more. Learn more.