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Mercy Hospital

Joint Replacement Center

If you are living with joint pain and are considering knee or hip replacement surgery, Mercy Hospital's Joint Replacement Center can help you get moving and back to the lifestyle you enjoy.

Our comprehensive program will provide you with the care and support to complete your journey. From pre-surgery education to a unique group physical therapy program, our dedicated staff will be your guide.

What makes us special?


A pre-surgery education class will help you prepare for surgery and provide more information about successful recovery and rehabilitation, in and out of the hospital.

Dedicated staff

The Joint Replacement Center features nurses and physical therapists working together to care for patients who have had knee or hip replacement surgery. Many have chosen to specialize in orthopedic care and have received advanced certification.

Dedicated care center

After you wake up from surgery, you will be transferred to Mercy Hospital's Joint Replacement Center. The Center combines nursing care and rehabilitation into a single, coordinated unit.

Group environment

After surgery, your recovery will be encouraged and supported with group activities, therapy and meals.

Personal coaching

the Joint Replacement Center staff encourages patients to identify a friend or family member to serve as their "coach" to support and encourage them to meet milestones during recovery. Your coach will attend physical therapy with you in the mornings and afternoons.

Access to home health resources

Mercy Hospital is part of Allina Health, the region's largest health care system. This partnership gives you unparalleled access to resources to continue your recovery after you leave the hospital.

Our social workers and Joint Center staff can help you order home medical equipment such as walkers or canes, schedule outpatient appointments for physical and occupational therapy, or connect you with home health resources.

Orthopedic services

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Hip surgery: an easier approach

Direct Anterior Approach is a minimally invasive surgical approach where a surgeon makes a smaller incision on the front of the hip (near the groin).

Unlike traditional surgical techniques, this approach works between the muscles versus cutting or detaching them. This may result in more stability for the new joint, less likelihood of dislocation and increased long-term success. Other possible advantages include earlier recovery with less pain and fewer restrictions after surgery.

This type of hip surgery is not the best option for everyone. Please talk with your surgeon about what options will be the most successful for you.

Designated as a Blue 
Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement®
Mercy Hospital has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Replacement demonstrate an expertise to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients, by meeting objective clinical measures developed in collaboration with expert physician panels and national medical organizations.

To earn the Blue Distinction, Mercy Hospital had to meet additional criteria around clinical outcomes, participation in the nationally recognized Surgical Care Improvement Project, providing peri-operative patient education, as well as establishing experienced surgical teams and quality programs.

Note:Blue Distinction Center® designation means this facility's overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary.

To learn more about Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement®, please visit

Joint Replacement Center care team

The Joint Replacement Center at Mercy Hospital is supported by a team of dedicated, experienced professionals who have many years of experience caring for patients recovering from knee or hip replacement surgery. Your care is coordinated by a team of skilled professionals including your surgeon, an orthopedic surgery team of nurses and technicians, hospital physicians who monitor your progress, registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists and social workers.

Our entire team works together with you to ensure that you experience a successful journey back to a more active life – pre-surgery, during your stay at Mercy, and ongoing rehabilitation when you go home. Our commitment is to provide you with an exceptional experience through the highest quality education, guidance, coaching and care.

Orthopedic surgeons ?

Kurt Anderson, MD

Jason Barry, MD

Richard Birdwell, DO

Randall Chadwick, MD

Robin Crandall, MD

Paul Diekmann, MD

David Edwards, MD

Joseph Flake, MD

Paul Havel, MD

Peter Holmberg, MD

Jay Kruse, MD

David Labadie, MD

Randall Norgard, MD

Patrick O'Keefe, MD

Guy Rudin, MD

Gary Sager, MD

Erik Wetter, MD

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Orthopedic surgery

Your bones and muscles form the framework of your body. Orthopedic surgeons use medical, surgical and physical means to preserve and restore this framework.

Learn more about orthopedic surgery.

Your OR team

Mercy's surgical team is comprised of professionals who specialize in orthopedics and follow the latest evidence-based care guidelines in joint surgery. This team participates in more than 700 joint replacement surgeries at Mercy each year. Many nurses in the operating room have completed training to become Certified Nurses of the Operating Room (CNOR).

Your nurses

The nursing staff at the Joint Replacement Center has chosen to make orthopedic care their focus and have ongoing education and specialized training.

Your rehabilitation staff

Physical and occupational therapy is provided in partnership with the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, a leader in rehabilitative services in Minnesota. Using an integrated approach to your physical and occupational therapy, these professionals will help you regain the strength and mobility to make every day tasks more comfortable. The Institute also provides outpatient therapy for you to continue recovery after you leave the hospital.

Your coach

Patients are encouraged to select a friend or family member to assist them with their recovery post-surgery. The coach will attend therapy sessions with you at 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 or 2:30 p.m. while you are at Mercy. They will help you with short walks, complete exercises for your hip or knee and provide encouragement and support. You will receive more information about your coach's role at your pre-surgery education class. For patients who do not have a coach available, a limited number of hospital volunteers have been trained as patient coaches.

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