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Joint Care and Replacement

Renowned for our quality of patient care, from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and wellness, Ascension Crittenton offers patients a full-range of expert joint care and replacement services. The Ascension Crittenton team adheres to a multi-phased treatment philosophy that keeps the focus on your comfort and your progress at every step, bend, turn and twist.

Need surgery? From the moment surgery is proposed to the day the patient is released from physical therapy to our after-surgery progress checks, our goal is to help you regain pain-free mobility and return to your normal activities sooner. Helping amazing people get back to their best – amazingly fast – means providing a better experience, better specialists, and a better kind of care.

We see you as a person, not just a patient.


Joint Care Services

Foot and Ankle – Specializing in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal foot disorders, our surgeons perform reconstructive procedures, treat sports injuries, and treat trauma.

Hand – Ascension Crittenton specialists focus on conditions that may occur in the hand or upper extremity; commonly from the tip of the hand to the shoulder, including injury and infection.

Hip – Our orthopaedic team understands the debilitating pain that can occur with the hip, and are trained to diagnosis and treat a wide-range of conditions including fracture, dislocation, strain, degenerative causes and disease. Tips for Hip Pain

Knee – The largest joint in the body, we put our knees under significant stress. Whether you’re experiencing pain from a minor aggravation, injury, or age, our orthopaedic team believes in a conservative approach to getting you back on track. Tips for Knee Pain

Shoulder – The most flexible joint in the body requires treatment options that are just as versatile. That’s why we offer an array of nonsurgical and surgical treatment plans designed to reduce your level of pain.

General Tips for Joint Health

Joint Replacement – The most advanced joint replacement center in the state of Michigan.

As joint replacement surgery evolves, Ascension Crittenton continues to find better ways to improve the lives of our patients. You’ll have full access to a dedicated and skilled team composed of expert orthopaedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and specialists – all working together to provide the highest level of care.

“Our joint center has the shortest length of stay around. We have patients go home on the second post-op day, sometimes the first,” said Julie Kress, RN, FNP, Nurse Manager of Orthopaedics at Ascension Crittenton Hospital Medical Center.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield designated Ascension Crittenton Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement.


Hip Replacement

People of all ages can be affected by hip pain, but relief can be found, mobility can be restored, and an active lifestyle engaged once again through hip replacement surgery.

Are you a candidate?
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When pain becomes unmanageable through physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medicines, you may be a candidate for hip replacement surgery. Dr. Patel, DO, Ascension Crittenton Orthopaedic Surgeon explains, “If the person has a limited range of motion, and pain that we cannot alleviate — as well as the arthritic condition – and are cleared medically, we’ll consider the surgery.”

How is it performed?

Ascension Crittenton Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Andrew Ciarlone, recommends a conservative approach to care. He is adamant that surgery is not the right solution for everyone, nor is it often the first treatment recommended. But if surgery is indicated new technologies and procedures allow for minimally invasive options. As one of the just 5-10% of orthopedic surgeons who perform anterior hip replacement, Dr. Ciarlone explains that anterior hip replacement surgery is “muscle sparing,” meaning that no muscles are cut during the surgery. The approach includes small incisions that do not disrupt muscles, minimizing pain and resulting in a faster recovery time for patients.

If you are experiencing hip pain, you may be a candidate for hip replacement surgery. Give us a call at 888-904-4325 or request more information here today.

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Knee Replacement

At Ascension Crittenton we don’t just replace knees, we change the way it’s done. From the weekend warrior to major leaguer, there’s a game-changing new option for total knee replacement. Pioneered at Ascension Crittenton by Dr. Jeffrey DeClaire, the ligament-preserving total knee arthroplasty keeps your healthy ligaments intact.


How did it come to be?

Dr. DeClaire, an Ascension Crittenton orthopaedic surgeon, observed that patients who underwent a traditional total knee replacement experienced discomfort with reduced ability to go about their daily lives after their surgeries. This inspired him to develop a new method to perform a knee replacement utilizing today’s technology.  Dr. DeClaire partnered with a manufacturer of surgical and non-surgical orthopaedic products, and four other orthopaedic surgeons to develop this advanced knee system.

How is it performed?

Instead of severing ligaments similar to a traditional total knee replacement, the preserving-knee procedure retains the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). These are the ligaments that control the functional motion of the knee. With this new approach, the orthopaedic surgeon is able to use the patient’s anatomy to keep those ligaments.

What does this mean for you?

It means quicker recoveries, more natural knee motion post-surgery, and smaller incisions. Everyday motions like walking, running, chasing your children around your home, playing a game of baseball, or bicycling will feel more natural and comfortable after the knee replacement.


If you are considering a total knee replacement surgery and would like to learn more you can request more information.

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