Brigham and Women’s Orthopaedic Center

at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital

Knee Replacement

Patients who suffer from chronic knee pain have several options to help alleviate their symptoms, including physical therapy, injections, strengthening programs and surgery. At Brigham and Women’s Orthopedic Center at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, you have access to all of these options. And if surgery is necessary, our experts will help you determine the procedure that’s right for you and walk you through the process of recovery.


At Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, orthopedic surgeons perform both total and partial knee replacements. While total knee replacements are more common, eight to ten percent of patients with chronic knee pain actually qualify for a partial knee replacement. Patients who undergo a partial knee replacement rather than a total knee replacement often fare better in their recovery. After completing a CT arthrogram, your surgeon will help you determine if you are a candidate for total knee replacement or partial knee replacement. In either case, you will undergo an innovative, integrated knee pathway focusing on better pain control that allows the vast majority of patients to go home within a day or two. And in most cases, patients return to normal non-impact sports activities such as walking and biking within just a few months.

Preparing for Surgery

Experts at Brigham and Women’s Orthopedic Center at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital have developed educational materials and screening procedures to help ensure a good outcome. Before your surgery, you will have access to a joint class where you will learn about your procedure, recovery and how you can best prepare. You will also have access to iGetBetter, an online program where you will find the exercises that are part of our pre-surgery rehabilitation, “prehab,” program. Finally, you will be screened for bone and muscle wellness as well as diabetes and pre-diabetes.


After surgery, you will be placed on a multi-modal pain management regimen and spend a day or two in Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s newest inpatient unit, which is dedicated to helping patients recovering from orthopedic and spine surgeries. After a short stay that includes inpatient physical therapy, most patients go home with just a cane. Then you will begin our personalized, post-procedure, rapid recovery program. You will continue to have access to iGetBetter where you will find your rehabilitation protocols as well as self-assessments. You can even use the program to ask your surgeon non-emergency questions.

If follow-up appointments with your surgeon are necessary, you can see them at the location that’s most convenient for you, whether it’s at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital or Brigham, 850 Boylston Street in Chestnut Hill and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center in Foxborough.

Research and Education

The care of each and every one of our patients is our top priority and we’re proud to say we have some of the most satisfied patients in Massachusetts. On post-surgery patient surveys, eighty-two percent of our one year post-surgery patients reported that they were "pleased or delighted" with the outcome of their surgery. For two year post-surgery patients, that number jumped to ninety-one percent.

Here’s what some of our patients have to say about their outcomes:

“Thank you Dr. Fitz for studying diligently as a young person, for focusing on your future, for being inquisitive and for utilizing your unique gifts. My husband is doing so well after his 3D knee replacement. His therapists are astounded with his recuperative progress.”

“Danke Dr. Fitz for giving me my active life back with new knees!”

“I’m thrilled with my new knee and already have 120° bend. The experience at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital was fantastic. Every aspect was outstanding... the surgery, the PT, the food, the friendly staff... all of it. I can’t thank you enough for being my surgeon!”
To ensure that future that patients experience similar positive outcomes, our knee replacement surgeons collect data on both complications and successes. They also share their knowledge with colleagues via telesurgery.

For more information specifically for Dr. Fitz’s patients, please click here.

Dr. Wolfgang Fitz discusses Brigham and Women's Orthopedic Center at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital.


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