Maine's leading knee, hip, and shoulder replacement experts are together at Maine Medical Partners — Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and the Joint Replacement Center at Maine Medical Center. Our board-certified surgeons provide world-class orthopedic care right here in Maine.
The Joint Replacement Center at Maine Medical Center is northern New England’s leader in several advanced surgeries. Our integrated team approach leads to improved outcomes, faster recovery and higher patient satisfaction. Learn more in our latest Outcomes & Innovation report.
Awards & Recognitions
- For 2021-2022, Orthopedics is ranked as ‘high-performing’ at MMC for knee and hip replacement, according to U.S. News & World Report.
- The MMC Joint Replacement Center has earned two Gold Seals of ApprovalTM for health care quality of knee and hip replacements.
- The MMC Joint Replacement Center has been named an Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for total joint replacement and spine surgery. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.
- Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine has designated MMC as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.
We encourage you to learn as much possible about your recommended joint procedure. Click to learn more about what to expect, how to prepare, how to help your body recover and how to achieve the best possible health outcome.
A minimally-invasive procedure, anterolateral total hip replacement is performed through a small incision on the anterior, or side, of the hip. Because muscles and tendons are not disturbed, the prosthetic joint is more likely to remain in place during the recovery process. Patients who have had anterolateral hip replacement do not have the same movement restrictions as those who have had a posterior total hip replacement. This procedure typically results in less pain, quicker recovery and faster return to everyday activities
For patients undergoing a "traditional" hip replacement, a posterior approach is used to access the diseased hip joint, remove and resurface arthritic bone and implant the replacement joint. A prosthetic joint is specially selected by the surgeon to match the patient's anatomy.
Patients with arthritis in the knee joint experience pain when the smooth cartilage at the ends of the bones is damaged or missing. During knee replacement surgery, the surgeon removes arthritic and damaged bone in the knee joint, resurfaces the remaining bone and implants a replacement knee joint. Prosthetic joints are made of plastic and metal and are specially selected by the surgeon to match the build of a patient's body. Advances in technology now allow some patients to undergo knee replacement surgery who might not have been candidates in the past.
Patients with arthritis in the shoulder joint experience pain when bones in the joint rub together. During shoulder replacement surgery, the surgeon removes arthritic and damaged bone in the shoulder joint, resurfaces the bone and implants a replacement shoulder joint. Prosthetic joints are made of plastic or metal and are specially selected by the surgeon to match the build of a patient's body.
Knee replacement surgery has traditionally been associated with hospital stays averaging three to four days post-surgery. In addition, a subsequent stay in a rehabilitation facility for additional recovery is not uncommon. The staff at MMC Joint Replacement Center has worked to develop a next-day knee replacement program, with comfortable discharge home the day after surgery.
Other services provided include elbow replacement, partial knee replacement, knee revision, knee arthroscopy, reverse shoulder replacement, arthroscopic shoulder, and shoulder fracture surgeries. Please talk to your provider if you have questions or would like to learn more about any of our services.
Many years of an active lifestyle had worn on Linda’s knee, causing her a tremendous amount of pain. The life she once knew—traveling, playing softball, walking, playing with her grand kids, always on the move —was became impossible. So she met with our Orthopedics & Sports Medicine specialists to find a safe, effective solution for knee replacement surgery. Learn how Linda quickly bounced back to the active lifestyle she loved.
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Please note: If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Patients – Hip and/or Knee:
To schedule an appointment, please call Joint Replacement at: 207-781-1551
5 Bucknam Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
Patients - Shoulder:
To schedule an appointment, please Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at:207-773-0040
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
119 Gannett Dr.
South Portland, ME 04106