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Hip & Knee Replacement Service

Our Best of Boston joint replacement surgeons specialize in innovative approaches to total hip replacement and total knee replacement using a variety of minimally invasive techniques and new materials developed by our Harvard faculty.

Patient Guide for Total Hip Replacement
Patient Guide for Total Knee Replacement

Quality & Safety

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MassGeneral is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School

Setting the Standard for Orthopaedic Excellence

The Hip & Knee Replacement Service delivers:

  • Compassionate, patient-centered care delivered by Harvard faculty
  • Latest surgical techniques developed in our award-winning laboratories
  • Best of Boston experts in joint arthritis and replacements

Patient Education

Watch one of the videos below for Total Hip Replacement or Total Knee Replacement patients to learn more about our care team, preparing for surgery at MGH and what to expect afterwards.

Total Hip Replacement

Patient Education Video for Total Hip Replacement Patients at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Total Knee Replacement

Patient Education Video for Total Knee Replacement Patients at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

What to Expect

At your appointment, you can expect:

  • A thorough evaluation and discussion with our specialists
  • Review of x-rays, MRIs and any additional records
  • An in-depth conversation covering treatment options
  • Customized treatment to get you back to a pain-free, active lifestyle
  • Follow-up to monitor your recovery and rehabilitation

If you and your doctor decide that surgery is your best treatment option, read more about what to expect.

Center for Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Replacement

The Mass General Center for Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Replacement provides comprehensive clinic care for patients by formulating customized treatments by integrating state-of-the-art testing and analyses. Our doctors and scientist teams are specifically trained in issues specific to metal-on-metal implants and have won international awards for their work.

Quality & Safety

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Aches & Joints

Our peer-reviewed online portal provides you with an objective overview of musculoskeletal topics.

About the Hip & Knee Replacement Service

The first reconstructive service in the United States, our program has a rich history of breaking new ground in performing hip and knee replacements.

Our hip and knee replacement surgeons perform thousands of hip and knee replacement surgeries per year.

World Renowned Physicians

Patients choose our service because we treat the most complex hip and knee problems with novel therapies and leading-edge technologies. When surgery is the only treatment option, it will be performed by one of the most capable and experienced specialists in the field.

A compelling reason to seek treatment at the Mass General is our interdisciplinary team approach and world-class specialists throughout the hospital.

Active Research Efforts

For more than a century, our joint replacement service has led the way in improving surgical techniques and advancing the science of hip and knee reconstructive surgery.

Our research is defined by a natural collaboration among physicians, biologists and material scientists that makes our clinical practice and laboratory work inseparable.

Some of the breakthroughs resulting from our research activities include:

  • Development of cross-linked polyethylene, a durable bearing for artificial joints used around the globe
  • Innovative biomaterials used in place of artificial materials in implants
  • Pioneering work using anticoagulants to prevent blood clots
The Hip and Knee Replacement Service

The Hip & Knee Replacement Service has been designated a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The distinction is given to medical facilities that have met evidence-based criteria, demonstrated consistent, reliable care and achieved better outcomes.

 

watch hip and knee videos about common hip and knee treatments

Below is information about some of the other conditions we treat.

Hip Arthritis: Treatment options

The treatment of arthritis of the hip is usually divided into non-operative and operative treatments. In most cases, non-operative treatments are exhausted before operative measures are considered.

Knee Arthritis: Treatment options

As in other joints of the body, arthritis of the knee is caused by break down of the cartilage at the end of the bones, in this case the ends of the femur and tibia, and underneath the kneecap.

Arthritis

Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are characterized by pain, swelling, and limited movement in joints and connective tissues in the body.

Avascular Necrosis

Avascular necrosis is a disease that may cause bone or joint collapse as a result of loss of blood supply to the bone due to injury or other causes (such as long-term use of certain medications).

Hip Fracture

A hip fracture is a break in the femur (thigh bone) of the hip joint.

Hip Problems

The following are some of the most common hip problems: arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis, bursitis, and hip pointer.

Infectious Arthritis

Infectious arthritis is an infection in the joint (synovial) fluid and joint tissues.

Knee Pain and Problems

Many knee problems are a result of the aging process and continual wear and stress on the knee joint (i.e., arthritis). Other knee problems are a result of an injury or a sudden movement that strains the knee.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a chronic, degenerative, joint disease characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage and adjacent bone in the neck, lower back, knees, hips and/or fingers.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis associated with psoriasis. The disease is similar to rheumatoid arthritis in symptoms, characterized by joint inflammation.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic, autoimmune disease, is the most crippling form of arthritis and affects approximately 2.1 million Americans.

 

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Recent Awards and Honors

Dr. Young-Min Kwon, Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

At the annual meeting of the American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons at the end of 2013, Dr. Young-Min Kwon, Dr. Agrawal Kshitikumar, Dr. Henrik Malchau, Dr. Andrew Freiberg and Dr. Harry Rubash had their poster chosen as the Best Poster of the annual meeting (out of 150 poster presentations). The poster will be presented and highlighted as the Orthopaedic Society’s best poster at the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) at the 2014 ORS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 15-18, 2014. The poster is entitled Natural History of Pseudotumours in Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements: A Longitudinal MARS MRI Study.

 
Charles Bragdon, PhD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Charles Bragdon, PhD, in collaboration with Harry Rubash, MD, Young-Min Kwon, MD, PhD, William Harris, MD, Henrik Malchau, MD, PhD, Michael Doerner, BS, & Bryan Jarrett, BS, was awarded the 2012 Hip Society Charnley Award for his work Clinical Multi-center Studies of the Wear Performance of Highly Crosslinked Remelted Polyethylene in THR. The Charnley Award is given for innovative research, either clinical or basic, which focuses on important advances in the management of hip disorders. See an image of the award.

 
Dr. Young-Min Kwon, Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Dr. Young-Min Kwon was awarded the Kappa Delta Investigator Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgons in February 2011 for his work, Evidence-Based Approach in Understanding ‘Pseudotumors’ in Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements. Since their inception in 1947, the Kappa Delta Awards are bestowed by the Academy for outstanding research in Orthopaedic surgery that is of the highest significance and impact. It is the highest award in Orthopaedic research in the nation. Read more about Dr. Kwon's Kappa Delta Award.

 
Dr. Henrik Malchau, Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Dr. Henrik Malchau was awarded the prestigious 2010 The John Charnley Award from the Hip Society for his work, Cup Positioning at a Tertiary Hospital: Risk Factors for Malpositioning. The Charnley Award is given for innovative research, either clinical or basic, which focuses on important advances in the management of hip disorders. See an image of the award.

 
Dr. Hany Bedair, Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Dr. Hany Bedair and his research colleagues won the 2010 Mark Coventry Award from the Knee Society for their work, Diagnosis of Early Post-Operative Infection following Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty: The Utility of Synovial Fluid Cell Count and Differential.

 
NPR logo

Hip Procedure Grows Popular Despite Doubt

NPR 03.19.2012 - When Susy Mansfield needed a hip replacement in 2009, her orthopedic surgeon chose a relatively new and untested kind of artificial hip made entirely of metal.

New York Times logo

Hip Procedure Grows Popular Despite Doubt

New York Times 11.15.2011 - It is one of the most popular operations in sports medicine. It comes in various forms, all with the same name: Hip impingement or bone shaving surgery. World-renowned athletes have had the operation — the Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez had it about two years ago and the sprinter Tyson Gay had it last summer.

New York Times logo

Remedy Is Elusive as Metallic Hips Fail at a Fast Rate

New York Times 09.30.2011 - As surgeons here sliced through tissue surrounding a failed artificial hip in a 53-year-old man, they discovered what looked like a biological dead zone. There were matted strands of tissue stained gray and black; a large strip of muscle near the hip no longer contracted.

New York Times logo

In Medicine, New Isn't Always Improved

New York Times 06.25.2011 - It is an American impulse to covet the new and improved — whether it’s a faster computer, a smarter cellphone or a more fuel-efficient car. And in medicine, too, new drugs, devices and procedures have advanced patient care.

New York Times logo

Concerns Over ‘Metal on Metal’ Hip Implants

New York Times 03.03.2011 - Some of the nation’s leading orthopedic surgeons have reduced or stopped use of a popular category of artificial hips amid concerns that the devices are causing severe tissue and bone damage in some patients, often requiring replacement surgery within a year or two.

The Boston Channel logo

Trouble Found In Some Hip Replacements

The Boston Channel 07.28.2010 - Doctors have detected a pattern of problems in a small percentage of patients with metal-on-metal joint replacements.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – Mass General Researchers Put Their Stamp on Joint Arthroplasty

Marking the 10 year anniversary of the first clinical use of highly cross-linked polyethylene

MGPO physicians honored

MGH Hotline 05.29.09 The recipients of the Brian A. McGovern, MD, Award for Clinical Excellence were announced May 16 at the MGPO Annual Physician Recognition Dinner.

Recognizing an MGH innovator

MGH Hotline 11.20.09 In 1970, William Harris, MD, DSC, director emeritus of the MGH Harris Biomaterials and Biome-chanics Laboratory, established the Advances in Arthroplasty course

Blue Cross and Blue Shield names MGH a Blue Distinction Center

MGH Hotline 4.30.10 THE MGH has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for both spine surgery and knee and hip replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Mass General Hospital Physicians make “The List”

Boston Magazine recognizes 134 MGH physicians on its annual list of top doctors in the Boston area.

In General: Jain and Kwon

MGH Hotline 02.11.11 In General awards and honors

Recent Awards and Honors

Dr. Young-Min Kwon, Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

At the annual meeting of the American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons at the end of 2013, Dr. Young-Min Kwon, Dr. Agrawal Kshitikumar, Dr. Henrik Malchau, Dr. Andrew Freiberg and Dr. Harry Rubash had their poster chosen as the Best Poster of the annual meeting (out of 150 poster presentations). The poster will be presented and highlighted as the Orthopaedic Society’s best poster at the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) at the 2014 ORS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 15-18, 2014. The poster is entitled Natural History of Pseudotumours in Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements: A Longitudinal MARS MRI Study.

 
Charles Bragdon, PhD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Charles Bragdon, PhD, in collaboration with Harry Rubash, MD, Young-Min Kwon, MD, PhD, William Harris, MD, Henrik Malchau, MD, PhD, Michael Doerner, BS, & Bryan Jarrett, BS, was awarded the 2012 Hip Society Charnley Award for his work Clinical Multi-center Studies of the Wear Performance of Highly Crosslinked Remelted Polyethylene in THR. The Charnley Award is given for innovative research, either clinical or basic, which focuses on important advances in the management of hip disorders. See an image of the award.

 
Dr. Young-Min Kwon, Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Dr. Young-Min Kwon was awarded the Kappa Delta Investigator Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgons in February 2011 for his work, Evidence-Based Approach in Understanding ‘Pseudotumors’ in Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements. Since their inception in 1947, the Kappa Delta Awards are bestowed by the Academy for outstanding research in Orthopaedic surgery that is of the highest significance and impact. It is the highest award in Orthopaedic research in the nation. Read more about Dr. Kwon's Kappa Delta Award.

 
Dr. Henrik Malchau, Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Dr. Henrik Malchau was awarded the prestigious 2010 The John Charnley Award from the Hip Society for his work, Cup Positioning at a Tertiary Hospital: Risk Factors for Malpositioning. The Charnley Award is given for innovative research, either clinical or basic, which focuses on important advances in the management of hip disorders. See an image of the award.

 
Dr. Hany Bedair, Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Dr. Hany Bedair and his research colleagues won the 2010 Mark Coventry Award from the Knee Society for their work, Diagnosis of Early Post-Operative Infection following Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty: The Utility of Synovial Fluid Cell Count and Differential.

 
NPR logo

Hip Procedure Grows Popular Despite Doubt

NPR 03.19.2012 - When Susy Mansfield needed a hip replacement in 2009, her orthopedic surgeon chose a relatively new and untested kind of artificial hip made entirely of metal.

New York Times logo

Hip Procedure Grows Popular Despite Doubt

New York Times 11.15.2011 - It is one of the most popular operations in sports medicine. It comes in various forms, all with the same name: Hip impingement or bone shaving surgery. World-renowned athletes have had the operation — the Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez had it about two years ago and the sprinter Tyson Gay had it last summer.

New York Times logo

Remedy Is Elusive as Metallic Hips Fail at a Fast Rate

New York Times 09.30.2011 - As surgeons here sliced through tissue surrounding a failed artificial hip in a 53-year-old man, they discovered what looked like a biological dead zone. There were matted strands of tissue stained gray and black; a large strip of muscle near the hip no longer contracted.

New York Times logo

In Medicine, New Isn't Always Improved

New York Times 06.25.2011 - It is an American impulse to covet the new and improved — whether it’s a faster computer, a smarter cellphone or a more fuel-efficient car. And in medicine, too, new drugs, devices and procedures have advanced patient care.

New York Times logo

Concerns Over ‘Metal on Metal’ Hip Implants

New York Times 03.03.2011 - Some of the nation’s leading orthopedic surgeons have reduced or stopped use of a popular category of artificial hips amid concerns that the devices are causing severe tissue and bone damage in some patients, often requiring replacement surgery within a year or two.

The Boston Channel logo

Trouble Found In Some Hip Replacements

The Boston Channel 07.28.2010 - Doctors have detected a pattern of problems in a small percentage of patients with metal-on-metal joint replacements.

2011 AOA - Austrian Swiss German (ASG) Traveling Fellows

The Austrian, Swiss, German Traveling Fellowship is a program that was started in 1978 when the Austrian, Swiss and German Orthopaedic Associations sponsored a tour for four young orthopaedic surgeons to travel to Britain, the United States and Canada. In 1984, the American Orthopaedic Association became involved. Now one Austrian, one Swiss and two German orthopaedists tour during odd years, and one Canadian, one British and two American orthopeadists tour during even years.

Joseph McCarthy for Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Dr. Joseph McCarthy for Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

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Hip & Knee Replacement Surgeons

Dr. Harry Rubash, Chief, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Harry Rubash, MD
Chief, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery
ph: 617-724-9904
fax: 617-726-2351
Yawkey, Suite 3B, Boston

Dr. Andrew Freiberg, Chief, Adult Reconstructive Surgery

Andrew Freiberg, MD
Chief, Hip & Knee Replacement Service
ph: 617-726-8575
fax: 617-726-8770
Yawkey, Suite 3B, Boston

Dr. Hany Bedair, Adult Reconstructive Surgeon

Hany Bedair, MD
Hip & Knee Replacement
ph: 617-643-7251
fax: 617-726-8770
Yawkey, Suite 3B, Boston

Dr. Dennis Burke, Adult Reconstructive Surgeon

Dennis Burke, MD
Hip & Knee Replacement
ph: 617-726-3411
fax: 617-726-1612
Yawkey, Suite 3B, Boston

Dr. Fulton Kornack, Adult Reconstructive Surgeon

Fulton Kornack, MD
Hip & Knee Replacement; Spine
ph: 617-726-3563
fax: 617-724-5563
Zero Emerson Place, Suite 120, Boston

Dr. Young-Min Kwon, Adult Reconstructive Surgeon

Young-Min Kwon, MD, PhD
Hip & Knee Replacement
ph: 617-643-7436
fax: 617-724-0718
Yawkey, Suite 3B, Boston

Dr. Henrik Malchau, Adult Reconstructive Surgeon

Henrik Malchau, MD, PhD
Hip & Knee Replacement
ph: 617-643-1322
fax: 617-726-8770
Yawkey, Suite 3B, Boston

Dr. Joseph McCarthy, Adult Reconstructive Surgeon

Joseph McCarthy, MD
Hip & Knee Replacement
ph: 617-726-3865
fax: 617-726-6823
Yawkey, Suite 3B, Boston

Dr. John Siliski, Adult Reconstructive Surgeon

John Siliski, MD
Hip & Knee Replacement
ph: 617-726-8441
fax: 617-248-9665
One Hawthorne Place, Suite 105, Boston

Dr. William Tomford, Adult Reconstructive Surgeon

William Tomford, MD
Hip & Knee Replacement
ph: 617-726-8532
fax: 617-724-3938
Yawkey, Suite 3B, Boston

Trauma Surgeons on the Hip & Knee Replacement Team

Dr. Mark Vrahas, Chief, Partners Orthopaedic Trauma

Mark Vrahas, MD
Chief, Partners Orthopaedic Trauma
ph: 617-726-2943
fax: 617-726-8214
Yawkey, Suite 3C, Boston

Dr. David Lhowe, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon

David Lhowe, MD
Trauma
ph: 617-724-2800
fax: 617-726-6311
10 Hawthorne Place, Suite 115, Boston

Advanced Practitioners

Janet Dorrwachter, NP, Adult Reconstructive Surgery Service

Janet Dorrwachter, NP
Nurse Practitioner
Yawkey, Suite 3B, Boston

Emily Mulla, NP, Hip & Knee Replacement Service

Emily Mulla, NP
Nurse Practitioner
Inpatient

Lauren Swisher, PA-C, Adult Reconstructive Surgery Service

Lauren Swisher, PA-C
Physicians Assistant
Inpatient

Kristin Wood, NP, Adult Reconstructive Surgery Service

Kristin Wood, NP
Nurse Practitioner
ph: 617-726-3770
fax: 617-726-8770
Yawkey, Suite 3B, Boston