What is the Parkwest Joint Replacement Center?

The Parkwest Joint Replacement Center is a specifically designed program for total knee and total hip replacement patients. Patients become a part of their medical care team by being involved in education about their procedure from before their surgery is scheduled to going home from the hospital. A special joint replacement class teaches patients everything they need to help manage expectations about their hospital experience and stay.

Joint replacement patients who understand what to expect during the surgical and rehabilitation process have better outcomes. Patients are encouraged to have a coach by their side. This person can be either a family member or friend. Family involvement and active participation by patients is encouraged in pre-surgical education and post-op recovery.

Who is part of the Joint Replacement Center team?

Our team includes patients, family members, nurses, techs, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, health unit coordinators, case managers, physician assistants, anesthesiologists, internists, surgeons and volunteers.  The Joint Replacement Center has a  joint care coordinator who is dedicated to the patients and their successful outcomes. She can be reached by calling 865.373.0091. Advising the oversight of the Joint Replacement Center are Drs. Hal Cates and Brian Covino. Their decades of experience and dedication to our patients help the center achieve outstanding results.

Is Joint Replacement Surgery the Answer for Me?

If you suffer from chronic pain in your hips or knees, you may be a candidate. You might experience arthritis or pain that interferes with daily activities like walking, exercise or work which is holding you back from the things you enjoy. Talk with your physician to determine the best approach for you. Need a physician? Call us today at 865.374.PARK.  You may also click here to see a list of available physicians.

Patient Success Stories

Ed Dennison

Ed Dennison doesn’t need Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit to do some pretty amazing things. All he needs is a pair of running shoes and an artificial knee joint made from titanium alloys and polyethylene plas­tic and he’s good to go.  In fact, Dennison has been on the go since Parkwest Medical Center orthopedic surgeon  Paul Becker, MD did a par­tial knee replacement on his right leg last July. Now, like the Marvel superhero, there’s no stopping him.

Read more about Ed’s story and other patients who have undergone orthopedic surgery at Parkwest.


Additional Patient Education

Please visit our health information library for disease state information about joints and orthopedic surgery. You may also view our videos on hip and knee replacement below: