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Hip and Knee Surgery at The UVM Medical Center

If you are among the millions of Americans suffering from pain or swelling of joints, you have an excellent resource to turn to for relief in The University of Vermont Medical Center. Our Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Center is a unique resource for people with arthritis pain and joint disorders in New England and northern New York.

Our orthopedic specialists offer you options that range from non-surgical orthopedic care to advanced minimally invasive surgical methods, including the latest technology for active knee patients.

Health Coaching

We have a Certified Health Coach and Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist embedded in our practice to meet with patients looking to make lifestyle changes. A Joint Health Coach will personalize your nutrition and exercise goals to improve lifestyle behaviors and successfully meet your goals. Health coaches help you explore the areas of health and wellness you feel the most energized about changing with the intent of creating healthier lifestyle habits. The Health Coach is also a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, supporting you in reducing and/or quitting smoking and can provide free Nicotine Replacement Therapy to reduce cravings.

Ask your provider about meeting with the Joint Health Coach.

UVM Medical Center now leverages the latest robotic-arm assisted technology to support partial and total knee replacement procedures. The Mako system has the potential to increase the precision and accuracy of knee device placement, accelerate patient recovery, and increase implant longevity. This technology will also play an important role in research and orthopedic resident training at the region's academic medical center. (Learn more about robotic-arm assisted surgery). 

We'll work with you to evaluate your condition and to determine what treatment fits your goals and your life best. So whether it's your knee or hip, shoulder or elbow, at The UVM Medical Center our team of board-certified doctors, surgeons and experienced nurses are as knowledgeable and caring as you'll find anywhere in the area.

Below we've outlined some of the ways we can help you. If you're younger and have a joint injury caused by either sports or another activity, we can treat you with different non-surgical to minimally invasive surgery that might have you home by dinnertime.

If you're older or have joints that need simply need more help, we can provide orthopedic surgery options such as joint replacement or partial joint replacement surgery that will have you moving around with ease again.

Joint Replacement

Over 50 years of combined orthopedic expertise in joint replacement.

Our UVM Medical Group orthopedic surgeons successfully perform hundreds of joint replacement procedures a year. The types of hip, knee and shoulder treatment options at The UVM Medical Center include:

Hip Replacement

Hip replacement is among the most common and successful of orthopedic surgeries. Orthopedic surgeons at The UVM Medical Center remove the top of your thighbone and replace your hip's ball-and-socket mechanism with artificial implants. As a university hospital, we have access to the latest technology available, including a wide range of implants designed to match your age, gender and lifestyle.

Knee Replacement

With partial knee replacement - also known as unicompartmental knee arthroplasty - orthopedic surgeons replace part of the knee joint, preserving healthy bones and ligaments in other areas of the knee. The orthopedic surgical procedure is less invasive than total knee replacement, using smaller incisions and resulting in a shorter recovery. Total knee replacement surgery involves removing diseased bone and tissue and implanting a complete, artificial knee joint.

Years of Experience

The UVM Medical Center orthopedic surgeons have performed joint replacement surgery for decades. Patients have the confidence of working with a dedicated team of highly trained and experienced providers.

View Our Locations


Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Center

 (802) 847-7470

192 Tilley Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403-4440

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Maps & Directions


Exterior location photo of UVMMC's Orthopedic facility located at San Remo Drive

Orthopedics - San Remo Drive

 (802) 847-6377

6 San Remo Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403-6378

Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Downloadable PDFs

Joint Replacement Surgery

This video will help you to prepare for your upcoming joint surgery. We cover what to expect, equipment needs, getting yourself and your home ready, and post-operative rehabilitation and precautions.

How to Prepare for Hip Surgery: Pre-op Total Hip Exercises 

This video is a demonstration of exercises that you can do to prepare for your total hip surgery. You can do the exercises along with the video if you like. 


How to Prepare for Knee Surgery: Pre-op Exercises 

This video is a demonstration of exercises that you can do to prepare for your total knee surgery. You can do the exercises along with the video if you  like.


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