• Bob C.

    “In April 2011, I collided with another motorcycle head-on and ended up losing most of my right leg. My trauma surgeon that night was a West PA Ortho doctor, and the care I got from him was second to none. “I had to take a few years off after the accident, but I’m back to […]

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  • Matt S.

    “Western PA Orthopedics is extremely professional, very convenient, very respectful of our time, and their expertise is very high. I felt very comfortable. I trust everyone, from the doctors to the staff. They’re all very efficient. My experience with them dates back 20 years, and the level of care has been consistently great. You know […]

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  • Mike S.

    “We are like the ‘poster family’ for Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. A former college baseball catcher, I’ve had a number of knee surgeries, and a car accident tore rotator cuff. I later tore my other rotator cuff and have had carpal tunnel surgery, and my wife has broken an ankle and a wrist. […]

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  • Jack V.

    “My shoulder would ache in the evening when I laid down to go to sleep, and the pain would wake me as I turned. When I got up, the discomfort went away. My doctor recommended Western Pennsylvania Ortho & Sports Medicine.” “Because of bone spurs and arthritis, my West PA Ortho surgeon did a total […]

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  • Ryan Y.

    “In the last 18 months, I’ve had 3 right knee injuries. The first was a volleyball injury: a complete tear of my right ACL with three torn ligaments. The second injury was from riding my ATV. In November 2013, I slipped on some ice and it re-tore my ACL and meniscus. For all three, my […]

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  • Susan S.

    “I had always been very active, walked 5 to 8 miles every day and loved dancing. But arthritis took my life away. I would come home and cry because I could hardly walk. My family doctor referred me to Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine (WPOSM). “My WPOSM doctor said my best option was surgery. […]

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  • Barb S.

    I had two bone-on-bone knees and couldn’t stand long in one position. I had to sit down. My WPOSM orthopedic surgeon said it was arthritis in my knees, and I had my right knee done in April 2014. It feels good. I did very well, and when I was all done, I didn’t use a […]

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Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine

Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic Practice

It’s time to take control of your musculoskeletal health. Get started today by calling us at 814-255-6781.

If you are like many others, the idea of joint replacement surgery can be frightening. There are seemingly infinite options for where and how to get your surgery done, and every place seems to make more and more empty promises. The professionals at Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic and Sports Medicine know that if you’re considering an overwhelming procedure like joint replacement, you need real facts and the comfort of knowing you are in good hands.

Joint surgery is recommended when the cartilage in a joint has worn down, and must be replaced. This is done surgically by removing the damaged area, and replacing it with a prosthetic joint. These prosthetic joints are made to mimic normal human joints using state-of-the-art materials. The procedure is a common one, needed by many people for many different reasons, such as osteoarthritis or wear from age. Heavy stress on the body from things like sports or hard manual labor can also cause enough damage to the joints that eventually joint replacement surgery may be required.

The procedure itself can be successfully performed on a variety of joints. Common locations for joint surgery are the shoulders, hip, and knee. These areas tend to wear out in everyday life no matter your profession or hobbies. Many people will find that even without a specific cause, enough damage occurs in your joints to make you a candidate for joint surgery.

For joint replacement surgery, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure that the doctor you choose to perform your surgery is knowledgeable and experienced. Having a team of highly trained professionals to help you through every step of your treatment can be extremely important for your operation and recovery. Also, preparation is key: make sure that you communicate with your doctor about how you can prepare for your surgery. After this surgery, there will be physical therapy and rehabilitation followed by periodic checkups. Having a doctor who knows your specific needs and helps you through this tough time is extremely important.

At Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, our skilled and compassionate physicians can help you through this process with as little stress as possible. If you have more questions, feel free to contact us online. Together, we can make your joint pain history and help you return to your everyday life.


Providing expert, compassionate, convenient care for optimal outcomes

  • Expert care. Our board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic specialists have been providing superior care in Western Pennsylvania since 1982. Our team’s diverse expertise means we stand ready to provide proven, effective solutions for all musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Compassionate care. Our caring physicians work together with our friendly staff to get you back to healthy, active, everyday living. We take the time to get to know you, learn about your needs and goals, explain every step of your treatment, answer any questions you may have, and work with insurance companies on your behalf. We want to take the worry and hassle out of getting you back to optimal health.
  • Convenient care. We’re here for you when you need us. We have four convenient locations, and we have relationships with the area’s hospitals should surgery be necessary. We specialize in advanced, minimally invasive procedures to speed recovery.
  • Optimal outcomes. We use the latest advancements, with proven results, to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate all injuries and conditions whether caused by accident, sports injury, overuse or aging. We will identify the source(s) of the problem(s), develop a personalized treatment plan specific to your needs and goals, and then correct the issue as quickly as possible.

Our professional, friendly orthopedic team has helped tens of thousands of patients. Let us help you, too. Give us a call today at (814) 792-6188 or request an appointment online now.