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Joint Replacement

Yakima Joint Replacement

When knee or hip pain limits your ability to do what you want to, it's time to consider joint replacement. Over the past 40 years, total joint replacement surgery has been proven to relieve severe knee or hip pain and restore function in the vast majority of patients. By replacing your diseased or injured joint with an artificial joint, replacement surgery can relieve your discomfort and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.

Yakima Orthopedic Services

At Virginia Mason Memorial, we have a unique program call Joint Advantage that incorporates a team approach to treatment following a patient from the time they elect to undergo joint surgery through rehabilitation.

What Is Joint Advantage?

Joint Advantage is designed around a national best-practice "well-model" for joint replacements, blending patient education innovative pain management and a progressive rehabilitation process to provide exceptional outcomes that have most people walking out of the hospital in two to three days.

In choosing the Joint Advantage program at Virginia Mason Memorial, you have selected the most experienced orthopedic team in this region. This team includes board-certified orthopedic surgeons, specialty-trained orthopedic nurses, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists, and dietitians whose goal is to help you return to a full, active life.

We perform over 600 successful joint procedures each year including over 90% of all total joint replacement in the region. Over 12% of Virginia Mason Memorial's orthopedic patients chose to travel from outside Yakima County for their procedure. From beginning to end, we coordinate your care among the hospital and your orthopedic and primary care physician rehabilitation.

The Virginina Mason Memorial Joint Advantage program adheres to the highest national standards, and has one of the lowest rates of surgery complications in the U.S.

Learn more about Joint Replacement

Joint Replacement surgery is one of the most common and successful operations in modern orthopedic surgery. It involves replacing a destroyed or diseased joint with an artificial joint. In knee or hip replacement surgery, the artificial joint is made out of metal and plastic. Joint replacement in the hand usually uses silicone rubber or the patient's own tissues,such as a portion of the tendon, to form the new joint.

New advances in prostheses design, surgical techniques, pain control, and rehabilitation make joint replacement surgery more successful than ever. Advances in surgery currently allow doctors to use techniques that leave smaller scars, require shorter hospital stays and allow patients to recover faster. Both traditional and minimally invasive approaches to hip and knee replacement surgery are available. These techniques include:

  • Computerized navigation for proper joint alignment
  • Individualized joint implant selection, such as gender specific
  • Anterior and posterior surgical approaches for hip replacement

The type of surgery you have will be recommended by your physician based on your needs.

Learn more about joint replacement visit our Health Information Library.

COVID-19 News & Announcements

New! June 23: Going Home after Birth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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New! June 23: Volver a casa después de dar a luz durante la pandemia de COVID-19

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Mask Requirements

To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) would like to remind all patients and visitors that masks are REQUIRED at all VMM facilities, including our clinics.

To conserve supplies, we request that all patients and visitors bring masks to their appointments. A limited number of reusable cloth masks, made by community members, will be available if you need one.

We also strongly encourage all community members to wear masks when in public - this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

UPDATED! May 26: New Visitation Policy

As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
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Prescription Home Delivery

We now offer home delivery for your prescription medications.

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Visitors to Generations OB/GYN

As part of our continuing efforts to focus on patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Generations has changed its visitor policy.

No visitors will be allowed for clinic visits, with the only exceptions being:

1 Visitor will be allowed for the first OB appointment
1 visitor will be allowed at the 20 week anatomy ultrasound

Visitors to the Family Birthplace

Women in the Family Birthplace may have one visitor.

Telehealth: Your questions answered

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COVID-19 Evaluation Clinic

Our Creekside HealthyNow location is now a COVID-19 evaluation clinic. If you have cough and fever, please schedule your visit at our Creekside Location. Please list your symptoms in the reason for visit so our team is better prepared to assist you.

This location completes an evaluation to determine if you're a candidate for COVID testing. Learn more »

Physician Recruitment:

We have reduced the number of Physician and Provider positions we are recruiting for in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you be interested in possible employment with Virginia Mason Memorial, please contact us at physicianrecruitment@yvmh.org. We are actively reviewing our staffing needs and new positions are being approved for posting. We appreciate your interest in us and hope to have the opportunity to consider you for a role with VMM.

Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19

Chaplains at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital provide care for every patient regardless of their personal beliefs or non-beliefs. For support, assistance, prayers, and all other spiritual care requests, please email spiritualcare@yvmh.org or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035


There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal, or hospital room, phone. Calls are confidential. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, and if desired, offer prayer. If you are part of a faith community a chaplain can help you connect with them.

Virtual Chaplaincy

Without regular visits from family and friends a stay in the hospital can be even more challenging. One of our newest offerings, Virtual Chaplaincy using Zoom, helps make connections. By contacting the Spiritual Care team at the email or phone number above you can request a Zoom meeting. Family and friends throughout the Yakima Valley, from the four corners of the state, from across the country and even internationally, are meeting with patients via Zoom to offer their love and support. Due to the popularity of this option scheduling and frequency may, at times, be limited.

Hospital Lab Services

All out-patient lab services - including newborn screens and bilirubin collections - will now be provided at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday.

Hospital Pharmacy

Beginning Thursday, March 19, the hospital pharmacy is closed to the public for the duration of the pandemic. The public may choose to have those prescriptions transferred to VMM's Pharmacy at Creekside or the pharmacy of their choice.

The Pharmacy at Creekside, 4003 Creekside Loop, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers walk-in or drive-through options for pickup.

Farmacia Del Hospital

A partir del jueves 19 de marzo, la farmacia del hospital estará cerrada al público mientras dure la pandemia. El público puede escoger si quiere que sus recetas sean transferidas a la otra farmacia de Virginia Mason Memorial, localizada en la clínica Cornerstone o también puede elegir cualquier otra farmacia de su preferencia. La clínica de Cornerstone, está localizada en el 4003 Creekside Loop. En esta farmacia se puede recoger la medicina por la ventana y/o adentro de la clínica.

Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. y sábado y domingo de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 pm