Jefferson University Hospitals

Knee Problems and Pain

If you are experiencing knee problems such as arthritis, torn cartilage, tendonitis or chronic and severe pain in your knees that may require a knee replacement, turn to the multidisciplinary team at Jefferson. Consistently rated among the best in the nation for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine by U.S.News & World Report, Jefferson constitutes the largest and most experienced orthopedic practice in the Delaware Valley.

Our Joint Replacement Program is one of the nation's most prestigious, reflected in an impressive volume of more than 6,500 joint replacements annually. Jefferson reconstructive orthopedic surgeons have advanced subspecialty training in total joint replacement, with many orthopedic surgeons having a specific area of expertise.

Our abilities in effective diagnosis, treatment and surgery are exemplified by our reputation in sports medicine, including our work with the area's professional teams, the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies and Flyers. In addition, we provide orthopedic care to numerous college and high school sports teams in the Philadelphia region.

Orthopedic specialists and orthopedic surgeons at Jefferson have also been instrumental in advancing new technologies in joint replacement. A case in point is our involvement in the design, study and development of various lower and upper extremity prostheses.

Treating Periprosthetic Joint Infection

Another area of interest for our Program has been the development of smart self-protective implants, which address the challenging complication of periprosthetic infection. Using nanotechnology techniques and with funding from the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health and many other sources, we are on the brink of designing the next generation of implants that are resistant to infection.

Our arthroplasty database has more than 40,000 hip and knee cases registered. The joint database, initiated in 1967, is one of the first in the world, growing at a rate of 7,000 joints per year, and is likely to be one of the largest in the near future. The data collected by the Joint Registry has allowed our orthopedic surgeons to conduct clinical research culminating in the publication of numerous landmark and highly cited papers. Our total joint arthroplasty surgeons publish more than 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts per year, amounting to one of the largest research contributions in the world.