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The Decision...

There may come a time when your knee or hip pain reduces the quality of your life. Everyday activities, such as working, 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 is a local, statewide and national leader in orthopedics. In fact, Alvarado is the only hospital in the state of California to be named among America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedics and Spine Surgery five years in a row (Healthgrades, 2014-2018).

We invite you to take an online tour of our beautiful new patient unit designed to reflect San Diego's beautiful landscapes and landmarks, and learn more about San Diego’s premier joint program by visiting our website.

boat in san diego bayOur 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, including:

  • Comprehensive patient and family education
  • Early mobility
  • Family-focused physical therapy
  • Healing designed recovery unit reflecting San Diego landscapes and landmarks
  • All private rooms and bathrooms
  • Latest surgical procedures - including robotics-assisted knee reconstruction
  • Top area orthopedic surgeons
  • Dedicated orthopedic unit
  • Award-winning patient safety and clinical care

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 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 reconstruction procedures. These include:

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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 as possible.

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
  • Newsletters and other educational materials while in the hospital
  • Post-op follow-up and patient reunions
  • Dedicated care coordinators

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, click here.

HG awardAward-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 and Spine 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. This puts Alvarado in the top 5% in the nation for orthopedic surgery. In addition, Alvarado is the only hospital in the city of San Diego to achieve the 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award (Healthgrades, 2015-2017)

Alvarado Hospital also has been recognized by Healthgrades

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ (2014-2018)
  • Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2014-2018)
  • 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)
  • Four-Star Recipient from Federal Government for Clinical Excellence (2016) - Only hospital along I-8 corridor to receive four stars

Contact Us

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).

Physician Referral

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's program, click here. You also can call (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723) for a customer service rep who can assist you.