Joint Replacement Center
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Orthopedic services
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.

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 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.

National recognition

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.

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Mercy Hospital’s Joint Replacement Program earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for hip and knee replacements by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety.