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Joint & Spine Center at The Queen’s Medical Center

Orthopedic Institute
The Queen’s Medical Center
Level 8 via Queen Emma Elevator

1301 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Queen’s Orthopedic Associates
Hale Pawa‘a

1401 South Beretania, Suite 750
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

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Rapid Recovery Joint Replacement

Patient care at The Queen’s Medical Center’s Joint & Spine Center encompasses all aspects of orthopedic care, including post-operative care of total joint replacement for both knees and hips. With expert skill and experience with innovative joint replacement techniques, our team can help relieve joint pain and increase mobility.

For many with painful conditions of the hip and knee joints, living in pain has become an everyday occurrence. For arthritic joints or osteoarthritis, pain relief is available to improve your quality of life.

Recent advances in surgical procedures, pain management, and anesthetic techniques make it possible for some patients to receive hip or knee replacements and sleep in their own bed the very same night.

Total Joint Replacement Expertise

The Queen’s Medical Center’s Joint Center is the first in Hawaii to receive Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement awarded by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction recognizes that Queen’s is among the select hospitals achieving optimal outcomes for hip and knee joint replacement surgeries.

Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

Total Hip Replacement for Improved Function

In some cases, painful arthritis in the hip joint makes walking difficult and you may experience increased pain with every step. Or, an accident or fall may cause a fracture or break in a hip joint. Our team is able to fully replace the diseased or fractured hip joint for improved function and reduced pain.

Total Knee Replacement to Increase Mobility

Painful arthritis or the simple wear and tear of your knee joints over time can create mobility or movement issues and can also be very painful, especially after extended walking or other activities. If you are experiencing this type of painful joint condition, our team at the Queen’s Medical Center’s Joint & Spine Center can help. Talk to one of our team members to learn how you can eliminate painful joints through total knee replacement.  

Improved Outcomes with Family-Centered Care and Patient Education

We help all patients on their journey back to wellness with a focus on the best quality of life. Care is patient and family-centered and culturally sensitive. Queen’s believes in a collaboration between the entire health care team, which includes the patient and family, and care is delivered with an emphasis on education.

The Queen’s Medical Center’s Joint & Spine Center offers classes to prepare patients for total hip/knee replacement surgery and spine surgeries. Knowing what to expect before surgery and understanding the importance of recovery improves outcomes and leads to improved long-term orthopedic wellness.

Once your surgery is scheduled, please ensure you follow your surgeon’s specific instructions to get cleared for surgery.

You will need to:

  • get clearance from your PCP
  • get clearance from any specialists you see
  • have a recent visit to the dentist
  • have an appointment at the QMC PreSurgery Center
  • attend the QMC Total Joint Replacement PreOperative Class
  • have a Coach (spouse, family member, or friend) that will be able to help you before and after your surgery

Please review the following resources to get your home Recovery Ready

QMC offers a preoperative class for patients having a total hip or total knee replacement. The class will cover topics on preparing for surgery, what to expect during hospitalization, rehabilitation services, and planning for a safe discharge home

To sign up for the class or to request for a recorded class video, click here.

Ensure that you have someone provide transportation before and after surgery.

For patients having surgery in the Main Operating Room:

  1. Enter the hospital from the main entrance at the Porte Cochere (drop off area).
  2. Take the Iolani elevators to the 3rd floor and go RIGHT.
  3. The staff in the Surgery Center will assist in checking you in for surgery.
  4. Please have your ID and insurance card ready.

For patients having surgery in Same Day Surgery:

  1. From the Porte Cochere(drop off area), go LEFT and follow the signs that say “Same Day Surgery”
  2. The staff at Same Day Surgery will assist in checking you in for surgery.
  3.  Please have your ID and insurance card ready.

Click here for Parking & Directions.

  1. PreOp – staff will prep you for surgery
  2. Surgery – will be done in the Main Operating Room or Same Day Surgery
  3. PostOp – you will be transferred to the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit)

If you are going home the day of surgery, the Queen’s staff will call your Coach to come in to QMC and be available for physical therapy and discharge instructions.

If you are staying overnight, you will have physical therapy after surgery and the next morning. Once you are medically stable, cleared by your surgeon and physical therapy, you will be able to go home

Services available to you while you are hospitalized:

  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Case Management
  • Pain & Palliative Care

Faster recovery, better health

Is Outpatient Joint Replacement Right for Me?

It’s not for everyone—but for the otherwise healthy and motivated patients, outpatient joint replacement can be an attractive option. In addition to our premier team of surgeons, our Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner provides you with a concierge-like service, closely monitoring your recovery and providing you guidance every step of the way.


The benefits include faster recovery time, reduced risk of infection, and fewer complications. In general, we believe that the sooner we can get you back to your normal life, the faster you’ll recover, and the healthier you’ll be in the long run.