St. Dominic’s Joint Center

At St. Dominic’s, we focus on quality patient experiences, extending a level of compassion, care and service that is uncompromised by changing healthcare trends.

As a Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction® Center of Excellence for Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery, we are identified as a hospital that delivers the highest level of specialty care in these areas—demonstrating better outcomes and fewer readmissions. St. Dominic’s is one of 600 hospitals across the nation to receive this designation.

Thank you for choosing St. Dominic Hospital!

The Joint Center program provides comprehensive pre-operative and post-operative services for our patients undergoing total hip and total knee replacement. Our program involves a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, which include doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, social services and nurse case managers. This team of specialists working together help to provide you with a full array of patient services which include:

  • Joint Class, education regarding your surgery and hospital stay provided by our joint educator
  • Preoperative screening by our joint connection nurse practitioner
  • Advanced planning for hospital stay and postoperative care
  • Individualized physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy- instruction on bathing, dressing, home safety, utilizing assisted devices and more

Our goal in the Joint Center program is to make your recovery and postoperative rehabilitation as easy, pleasant, and productive as possible. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns along the way. Our team is excited to be partnering with you in this process, and we hope that we can help you to approach your surgery with knowledge and confidence. We are here to assist you in anyway possible and are committed to helping make your surgery and recovery a success.


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction

St. Dominic’s is designated as a Blue Cross & Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee & Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery. As a Blue Distinction Center of Excellence, St. Dominic’s is identified as a hospital that delivers the highest level of specialty care – demonstrating better outcomes and fewer readmissions.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Members will receive a higher benefit and pay less for knee and hip replacements and spine surgeries performed at St. Dominic’s.

Directions and Parking


When you arrive at the hospital for your pre-admission appointment, please park in the parking lot or the parking garage on the north side of the hospital (Medical Tower Parking or South Parking Deck). You will need to check in at the North Entrance Information Desk (Patient Admitting and Medical Mall Entrance). You will then be directed to the admitting office where you will sign papers giving permission for treatment and release of information.

From Admissions you will be taken to the Pre-Admissions area to begin your pre-admission process.

Are you thinking if joint replacement surgery is right for you? Are there other options available? The first step in making the decision regarding surgery is educate yourself. We have compiled several links to education material that you may find helpful in making a decision.

This information is designed to help you prepare for a discussion with you care providers about treatment options that are right for you. This conversation with your primary care provider and with your orthopedic surgeon is important and will help you be prepared and able to discuss options that are right for you.

The Joint Center at St Dominic Hospital also recommends this shared decision-making tool to use with your physician. Print out the form located at the link below. After filling out the information, print it and take with you to discuss with your physician:

Should I have knee/hip replacement surgery?

The Joint Center at St Dominic Hospital has more information about joint surgery for your review:

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Orthopedics Information: This information section of the AAIS website provides educational information regarding joint replacement.

Button-Learn-MoreDuring hip replacement surgery, the damaged joint is replaced with a new, artificial joint. During the replacement surgery, the femoral head (ball) will be removed and replaced with a metal prosthetic ball. This prosthesis continues down into the shaft of the femur (thigh bone). The acetubular (socket) is then resurfaced with a new liner. The new ball and new socket are joined together to form the new hip joint.

To view our hip replacement patient guide, click here.

Button-Learn-MoreDuring knee replacement surgery, the damaged joint is replaced with a new artificial joint. A layer of bone is removed during surgery from both the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) and replaced with an artificial surface. The back of the patella (kneecap) may also be resurfaced during the procedure. Your surgeon will discuss with you the procedure and can answer any questions or concerns you might have.

To view our knee replacement patient guide, click here.

Physical Therapy

Your surgeon may prescribe a continuous passive motion (CPM) device. Movement after surgery can help minimize pain, and one way to do this is with a CPM. Most patients find this gentle, continuous movement prevents stiffness while resting in bed. The degree of motion can gradually be increased to help you maintain greater range of motion in your new knee or hip. The CPM may be placed upon your arrival to the surgical unit, or the following morning, depending on your surgeon’s specific instructions. If the CPM is uncomfortable, please tell your nurse or physical therapist.

Physical therapy (PT) staff will begin working with you the day after surgery to gradually increase your activity. The therapists will teach you an exercise program, how to move in bed, how to get in and out of bed and how to walk with either a walker or crutches. Physical therapists will work with you twice a day. Expect to feel tired, but remember that activity is vital to your recovery.

Here are the activities you can expect:

  • Day of surgery — Review the beginning exercises and dangle at the edge of the bed. You will take some steps with a walker.
  • Day one after surgery — Sit up in the chair for at least two meals, practice exercise program and walk with a walker or crutches in the morning and afternoon. We encourage you to walk and exercise more frequently, if you are able, and to put on comfortable clothes.
  • Day two after surgery — Walk to the bathroom as needed. Sit up for all of your meals. Practice your exercises on your own and with the therapist twice a day. Bend your knee to a 90-degree angle. Get in and out of bed with minimal help. Be instructed on and practice going up and down steps, if you have some at home. If you have met your therapy goals and are medically stable, you can discharge home following therapy.
  • Day three after surgery — Practice your exercises on your own and with the physical therapist. Most patients are discharged home on this day following morning physical therapy.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) will generally begin the day of your surgery. Your goal in occupational therapy will be to learn how to follow your activities of daily living, including dressing, bathing, using the toilet and getting around your home while maintaining hip precautions.

Occupational therapy will provide information on helpful equipment, lower body dressing, bathroom and car transfers and will work with you once a day.

  • Main Hospital – 601.200.2000
  • Scheduling Desk – 601.200.6732
  • Pre-Admission Desk – 601.200.6737