Advanced Joint Institute
There may come a time when your knee or hip pain reduces the quality of
your life. Everyday activities, such as walking, shopping or housework,
can become difficult or unbearable. Taking part in favorite hobbies, such
as golf or bowling, may be a thing of the past because conservative measures
like diet, exercise and medications no longer provide pain relief.
If this describes your situation, it may be time to consider joint reconstruction.
Why Choose Alvarado Hospital
Alvarado Hospital opened the only Marshall Steele-modeled joint replacement
program in San Diego in 2015. This program, nationally renowned for its
superior outcomes, has brought together the best orthopedic surgeons combined
with a beautiful recovery unit featuring San Diego’s landscapes
We invite you to take an online tour of our beautiful new patient unitdesigned
to reflect San Diego's beautiful landscapes and landmarks, and learn
more about San Diego’s premier joint program by visiting our website.
VIDEO - Take an online tour of our new patient unit
Our Personal Approach
We have created a special program that brings together a team of experienced
and skilled surgeons with specially trained nurses, therapists and technicians.
Our goal is to provide seamless, coordinated care, and get you back to
your favorite activities as soon as possible.
We offer an outcome-driven program to maximize your recovery and get you
back to enjoying your life. Our innovative program results in superior
outcomes through a unique combination of wellness-focused strategies,
- Comprehensive patient and family education
- Early mobility
- Family-focused physical therapy
- Healing San Diego landscape and landmark recovery unit
- All private rooms
Latest surgical procedures -
including robotics-assisted knee reconstruction
- Top area orthopedic surgeons
- Dedicated orthopedic unit
Within our hospital, we have created a unit focused only on joint and spine
surgery patients—in a healing environment to enhance recovery. No
hospital gowns for this crowd. You get to wear your own clothes from home!
Family members, including a loved one you identify as your “coach,”
are encouraged to participate in group activities, meals and other special
events on the unit.
Exercise and therapy are provided in a group setting, so that our patients
can support and encourage each other on the road to recovery.
Our staff is hand-picked for their positive attitudes, motivational skills,
and their desire to provide outstanding service. In addition, they have
been specially trained to provide comprehensive clinical care for patients
undergoing this important surgery.
Joint Replacement Procedures
We offer an extensive number of joint reconstructioin procedures. These include:
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osteoarthritis of the knee and hip and
10 Things You Can Do for Arthritis.
We believe the key to better outcomes is a commitment to provide you with
a thorough understanding and knowledge of what to expect during your surgical
experience. Knowing what to expect each step of the way goes a long way
to reducing stress and anxiety, and prepares you for as smooth a recovery
The information you receive prior to and after your surgery includes:
- Engaging community outreach seminars
- An informative pre-op class for patients and family
- A patient guidebook
- Daily newsletters and other educational materials while in the hospital
- Post-op follow-up and patient reunions
- Dedicated care coordinators
- Reunion lunch
We have dedicated care coordinators to ensure you are guided through every
step of this process. We hold frequent seminars on the most common causes
and the latest treatment options for shoulder, knee and hip pain. You’ll
learn the top things you can do for arthritis, as well as information
on the newest medications and diet and exercise tips.
To learn more about the risks of joint reconstruction surgery,
Award-Winning Patient Safety and Care
Alvarado Hospital is proud to be the
only hospital in California to be named among America's 100 Best for Orthopedic
Surgery four years in a row—which means you are in the very best
of hands with your surgery and recovery—all close to your home.
Healthgrades also named our hospital among the Top 5% in the Nation for
Overall Clinical Care in 2014-2017.
Alvarado Hospital also has been recognized by
- Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ (2014-2016)
- America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ (2014-2017)
- Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
- Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services (2015-2017)
- Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 3 Years in a Row (2014-2017)
4-Star Recipient from Federal Government for Clinical Excellence (2016) -
Only hospital along I-8 corridor to receive four stars
We are happy to answer your questions. Our care coordinators can be reached
at (619) 229-4548 or
e-mail (do not include confidential health information in your e-mail) us during
business hours. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723).
You can also take an online tour of our unit
Alvarado's Physician Referral Service can help you find an orthopedic
specialist who meets your needs. To see a list of orthopedists who participate
in our Advanced Spine & Joint Institute
Marshall Steele program,
click here. You also can call (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723) for a customer service
rep who can assist you.
Alvarado Advantage Club
Join our free
Alvarado Advantage Club and take advantage of some extra benefits, such as priority parking and
private room (when available), 10% discount at the Alvarado Cafe and Gift
Shop, 10% discount at the Alvarado Medical Plaza Pharmacy, in-room newspaper
delivery if hospitalized, discount at partner hotels, first notice of
special events and lectures, and much more! For more information and to
register, call (800) 258-2723 or
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