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COVID-19: What Joint Pain Patients Should Know

Dr. Christopher Travers, an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a focus on Joint Replacement, discusses what Joint Pain Patients should know during COVID-19.

Penn Orthopaedics offers a Joint Replacement Program that brings together a team of doctors, nurses and physical therapists who take a whole-body approach to diagnosing and treating arthritis and chronic pain in the hip and knee. We perform the most advanced hip and knee reconstruction techniques, including minimally invasive surgery and robot-assisted surgery.

We also use technologically advanced materials to provide long-term benefits, such as ceramic bearings in hip replacements and knee replacements. Ceramics, as opposed to plastic and metal implants, have shown a decrease in the rate of revision surgery, bone deterioration and the loosening and/or dislocation of the joints.


The Penn Joint Replacement Program treats many conditions that affect the hip and knee, including:

Treatments and Services

At the Penn Joint Replacement Program, our entire team of specialists collaborate across multiple disciplines to ensure a comprehensive, seamless continuum of care for individuals undergoing joint replacement procedures. Our team works together to provide a wide range of treatments — not just surgery — to help you return to an active, pain-free lifestyle.

The Penn Joint Replacement Program Is Different

If you need joint replacement, you'll want a team of experienced surgeons and physicians to share ideas and data with each other to determine the right treatment approach for you.

Our team excels in collaborative work and treats each patient as a unique case, because no two joints are alike. We strive to preserve the joint whenever possible and to replace the joint only when necessary.

Our surgeons are national leaders in the field of hip and knee replacement. We continually conduct research to improve care and outcomes, and we teach the next generation of surgeons today's advancements and evolving technology.

Our program offers:

  • Comprehensive rehabilitation, which plays an important role in maximizing physical function and quality of life
  • Expert anesthesiologists and perioperative care team, who use sophisticated technology to monitor your vital signs (i.e., heart rate, blood pressure and breathing) to ensure your surgery is as safe as possible
  • Multimodal Perioperative Pain Protocol, an innovative pain management protocol used at Penn for joint replacement patients to alleviate pain without increasing the risk of opioid overuse and addiction
  • Joint replacement classes to provide you and a family member information on what to expect before, during and after your surgery.

    When your surgery was scheduled, you should have scheduled an information session at one of the following locations:

    • Pennsylvania Hospital patients:
      Zubrow Auditorium
      Preston Building, 1st Floor
      800 Spruce Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19107
    • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center patients:
      Penn Medicine University City
      3737 Market Street, 8th Floor
      Philadelphia, PA 19104
    • Penn Medicine Radnor patients:
      250 King of Prussia Road
      Radnor, PA 19087
    • Penn Medicine Cherry Hill patients:
      1865 Route 70 East
      Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Joint Replacement Research Studies

One of the benefits of being treated at Penn Orthopaedics is that we are involved in a wide range of research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania. This allows us to bring you new innovations and the latest treatment options.

The Biedermann Lab for Orthopaedic Research at the University of Pennsylvania is a world-class biomechanics laboratory where new treatment concepts are explored and existing and new technologies are tested to improve the standard of care and quality of life in patients.

As one of many ongoing studies, the lab is currently working with Apple and Zimmer Biomet in a new clinical study to help prepare and educate joint replacement patients.

In This Section

Video Guides

Watch our educational videos to learn what to expect and how to prepare for hip and knee replacement surgery and recovery.

Joint Replacement Treatment Team

Meet the team of experts who specialize in hip replacements and knee replacements.

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