The Joint Care Center at CVPH

When aging knees, hips and shoulders slow you down, we can help. The CVPH Joint Care Center is the hub of our joint replacement surgery program where you’ll receive seamless, coordinated care from a team of expert surgeons with caring and specially trained physical and occupational therapists, nurses, and technicians. It’s an environment that emphasizes wellness and maximizes your recovery efforts through education, a culture of early mobility, family involvement and group interaction. Before you know it, you’ll be back to your favorite activities.


Hip Replacement

When osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, attacks your hips, everyday tasks can become painful. In fact, activities like golf, hiking, or even gardening can be almost too painful to consider. That’s because of the damage and deformities taking place inside the hip joint. With hip replacement surgery, the diseased parts of the hip are removed and replaced with prosthesis, new artificial parts, that make it easier to live the life you want to live once you recover.


Knee Replacement

As cartilage deteriorates around your knee and bone spurs develop, simple tasks like walking can become almost unbearable. Generally, it’s because degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) is degrading the health of your knee. Knee replacement surgery removes your damaged cartilage and bones and swaps it out with a durable, metal replacement, so that movement and function will be smooth. With a ConforMIS implant, the replacement is customized for your knee alone.




Shoulder Replacement

Arthritis of the shoulder joint most often occurs in patients over the age of 50. Whether you suffered a severe injury or your protective cartilage has worn down over the years, this degenerative condition can cause stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. If non-surgical treatment options haven’t resulted in pain relief or improved mobility, then it may be time to seriously consider total shoulder replacement and the chance to be pain free and getting back to living your best life.

What You Can Expect From Our Joint Care Program

Pre-Operative Education - You’ll receive a Guidebook from the office in addition to a link to our pre-surgery education video and frequently asked questions. A follow up phone call from the Joint Care Center team will help answer any questions you may have.

Active Daily Schedule - You'll be up and on your feet the same day as your surgery. The following day, the goal is to be dressed by 7am and ready for an individualized therapy session with both physical and occupational therapy, followed by car/tub transfer and stairs training in the afternoon. These sessions are designed to give you the confidence for a successful in your recovery.

Tour the Adirondacks - Compete with other patients on distance walked daily. All progress is tracked on a large exercise board. You’ll be assigned a hiker and will quickly get caught up in the sense of accomplishment as you mark your walking progress by moving your hiker to the top of Whiteface Mountain.

Joint Care Director - When you’re ready to pursue knee or hip replacement here at the Joint Care Center or if you have a question, our Joint Care Center Director is your point of contact.

Post-Recovery Rehab - Following discharge, you can complete your rehabilitation at either of our outpatient rehab clinics located in Plattsburgh or any rehabilitation clinic that is most convenient for you. Click here for a list of rehab clinics in Clinton, Essex and Franklin county.


A Dedicated, Adirondack-themed, Unit with Private Rooms (and a great view) - All activities take place in the Joint Care Center on R6, a dedicated space set aside for hip and knee replacement clients. The environment encourages you to achieve your personal best.

ConforMIS – We're the first in Clinton, Essex and Franklin county to offer this state-of-the-art, customizable knee replacement option.  Your 3D printed, customized knee fits you perfectly based on a CT Scan of your actual knee. Learn more about the ConforMIS customized knee here.

Comprehensive Guidebook - Education about your procedure begins in your physician’s office. You’ll receive a comprehensive guidebook to explain your surgery, a list of pre-op strengthening activities, and how to prepare your home for discharge.

Advanced Pain Control & Rapid Recovery Surgical Techniques - Our surgeons use the most advanced analgesic and minimally invasive techniques that result in less pain and quicker recovery.

A Dedicated Staff - Our staff has been chosen specifically because of their expertise; positive, upbeat nature and high motivational skills.

Street Clothes - You won’t wear a hospital gown. You’ll be asked to bring comfortable clothes – sweats, shorts – to wear during the day.

Excellent Patient Experience - Check out how well we do compared to other hospitals across New York State. Click here to see our excellent joint replacement surgery results from October 2017 - September 2018.

Get to Know Our Orthopedic Team
Portrait Howard Black, MD, Orthopedics

Howard Black, MD
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine

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Portrait of David Christensen, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

David Christensen, MD
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement Hips and Knees

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Portrait of Jesse Hahn, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Jesse Hahn, MD
Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery

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Portrait of Michael Imobersteg, MD, Orthopedics

Michael Imobersteg, MD
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine

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Portrait of Pamela Reinhardt, MD, Orthopedics

Pamela Reinhardt, MD
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement Hips and Knees

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Portrait of Stefan Turkula, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Stefan Turkula, MD
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement Knees and Shoulders

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Portrait of Philip Volk, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

C. Philip Volk, MD
Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement Knees and ConforMIS

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Portrait of Brittany Marshall, PA, Orthopedics Physician Assistant

Brittany Marshall, PA
Orthopedics, Physician Assistant

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Portrait of Nolan Meier, PA-C, Orthopedics Physician Assistant

Nolan Meier, PA-C
Orthopedics, Physician Assistant

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Portrait of Casey O'Brien, PA-C, Orthopedics Physician Assistant

Casey O'Brien, PA-C
Orthopedics, Physician Assistant

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Portrait of Breanna Whitlock, NP, Orthopedics Nurse Practitioner

Breanna Whitlock, NP
Orthopedics, Nurse Practitioner

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