11 Best Hospitals for Hip and Knee Surgery in Southern California

For many, choosing a surgeon and the right hospital for an upcoming joint replacement surgery is stressful. However, feeling confident in your surgeon and hospital is a major part of feeling prepared your procedure.

In California, top joint replacement surgeons are abundant. Pair this with the fact that Southern California has some of the best orthopaedic hospitals in the country, and you’ve got pick of the litter when it comes to your surgery. Obviously insurance coverage, where you live in Southern California, and any special requirements will help determine where you get your hip or knee replacement. However, we thought it’d be helpful to put together a list of hospitals in SoCal with excellent joint replacement programs.

To create the list, we cross-compared the hospital’s CareChex Quality and Patient Safety ratings for joint replacement surgery alongside the hospital complication data reported by Medicare. The Medicare data we pulled are hospital complication rates, infection rates, and rate of blood clots for joint replacement surgery (compared to national average).

Read on to see our picks for “Top 11 Joint Replacement Hospitals in Southern California”.

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1. Hoag Orthopedic Institute

In Irvine California, The Hoag Orthopaedic Institute is the best of the best when it comes to a wide range of orthopaedic treatments. The Hoag Institute partners with Orange County-based orthopedic physicians who are the best in the league. With orthopaedic specialty nurses and nurse navigators, specialty patient care is delivered from pre-op surgery through to recovery.

PeerWell Ranking: ★★★★½

  • Address: 16250 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, CA 92618, USA, +1 855-999-4641
  • No. of Doctors in Specialty: 81
  • CareChex Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery: Highest
  • Rate of Complication: Better
  • Blood Stream Infection: Better
  • Blood Clots After Surgery: Average

2. Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital

Goleta Valley Cottage hospital, in Santa Barbara is a small but mighty orthopedic hospital. Scoring average to highest in the nation for complications and patient care, the expertise at this hospital shines through. Specializing in reconstruction and orthopedic surgery, the hospital claims to have performed over 1,000 joint replacements in a calendar year which is “more than anyone else on California’s Central Coast”.

PeerWell Ranking: ★★★★½

  • Address: 351 S Patterson Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93111, USA; +1 805-967-3411
  • No. of Doctors in Specialty: NA
  • CareChex Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery: Highest
  • Rate of Complication: Better
  • Blood Stream Infection: Average
  • Blood Clots After Surgery: Average

3. Providence Saint John's Health Center

This smaller hospital specializes in orthopedics among other service areas. With the highest rating from CareChex for medical excellence in joint replacement surgery and better than average rates of complication for hip and knee replacement surgery as reported by Medicare, this is a hospital that passes with flying colors.

PeerWell Ranking: ★★★★½

  • Address: 2121 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA, +1 310-829-5511
  • No. of Doctors in Specialty: NA
  • CareChex Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery: Highest
  • Rate of Complication: Better
  • Blood Stream Infection: Average
  • Blood Clots After Surgery: Average

4. Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital

UCLA’s Santa Monica Campus has a leading orthopaedic hospital on Southern California. The large, established orthopaedic center services both adults and children. With the highest rating given by CareChex and average national ratings reported by Medicare, this is an excellent choice for joint surgery. It’s also been named a top Adult Orthopedics Hospitals by U.S. Health News.

PeerWell Ranking: ★★★★

  • Address: 1225 15th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA, +1 424-259-8400
  • No. of Doctors in Specialty: 125
  • CareChex Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery: Highest
  • Rate of Complication: Average
  • Blood Stream Infection: Average
  • Blood Clots After Surgery: Average

5. Kaiser Foundation Hospital- Fontana

Part of the Kaiser institution, the Fontana location (near San Bernardino) ranks very highly for patient satisfaction and service. It was also given the highest ranking by CareChex for joint replacement surgery in California, hitting the national average for other areas as reported by Medicare.

PeerWell Ranking: ★★★★

  • Address: 9961 Sierra Ave, Fontana, CA 92335, USA, +1 909-427-5000
  • No. of Doctors in Specialty: NA
  • CareChex Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery: Highest
  • Rate of Complication: Average
  • Blood Stream Infection: Average
  • Blood Clots After Surgery: Average

6. Parkview Community Hospital Medical Hospital

In Riverside, this Community Hospital has a super solid orthopedic program for your consideration. The joint replacement center is approved by the Joint Replacement Commission with program coordinators, in-house physical therapists, and a forward-thinking approach to offering patient education in order to create better-prepared patients.

PeerWell Ranking: ★★★★

  • Address: 3865 Jackson Street Riverside, CA 92503-3998, +1 (951) 688–2211
  • No. of Doctors in Specialty: NA
  • CareChex Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery: Highest
  • Rate of Complication: Average
  • Blood Stream Infection: Average
  • Blood Clots After Surgery: Average

7. Palomar Health Downtown Campus

Located in Escondido, 30 miles outside of San Diego, this hospital is small, but hits all of the average benchmarks we’ve looked for, plus received the highest rating from CareChex. The orthopaedic institute offers a wide-range of services and treatments to cover the span of care required for hip and knee replacement surgery,

PeerWell Ranking: ★★★★

  • Address: 555 E Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025, USA, +1 760-739-3000
  • No. of Doctors in Specialty: NA
  • CareChex Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery: Highest
  • Rate of Complication: Average
  • Blood Stream Infection: Average
  • Blood Clots After Surgery: Average

8. St. Jude Medical Center

In Fullerton, outside of Anaheim, St. Jude Medical Center is a great pick for hip or knee replacement surgery--whether primary or a revision. The hospital is part of the St. Joseph Health system, providing accessible care to communities across California. Given the highest ranking by CareChex and hitting national averages for complication measures, this is certainly a hospital to consider.

PeerWell Ranking: ★★★★

  • Address: 101 East Valencia Mesa Drive Fullerton, CA 92835, +1 (714) 992–3000
  • No. of Doctors in Specialty: 39
  • CareChex Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery: Highest
  • Rate of Complication: Average
  • Blood Stream Infection: Average
  • Blood Clots After Surgery: Average

9. Glendale Adventist Medical Center

In Glendale California, this hospital has a center dedicated to orthopaedics called the Orthopedic Care at Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC). GAMC has won a few distinctions, including the Women's Choice Award for Orthopedics.

PeerWell Ranking: ★★★½

  • Address: 1509 Wilson Terrace, Glendale, CA 91206, USA
  • No. of Doctors in Specialty: 67
  • CareChex Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery: High
  • Rate of Complication: Average
  • Blood Stream Infection: Average
  • Blood Clots After Surgery: Average

10. University of California, Irvine Medical Center

The University of California, Irvine Center has a dedicated Orthopedic Department. The hospital has been recognized as a top orthopedic center in Orange County and a top 50 hospital in the nation by U.S Health News. Although the CareChex rating and Medicare ratings come out as average, this is solid choice for those in SoCal.

PeerWell Ranking: ★★★

  • Address: 101 The City Drive South Orange, CA 92868-3298, +1 (714) 456–6011
  • No. of Doctors in Specialty: 70
  • CareChex Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery: Average
  • Rate of Complication: Average
  • Blood Stream Infection: Average
  • Blood Clots After Surgery: Average

11. Huntington Memorial Hospital

Just a few miles from Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley, this large Pasadena-based public hospital has a dedicated Orthopaedics department. Rated the highest by CareChex, this hospital comes out at par with the national average (as reported by Medicare) but has below average ranking with blood clots. All things considered, this hospital is quite reputable, and we still recommend it for your consideration.

PeerWell Ranking: ★★★

  • Address: 100 W California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA, +1 626-421-7733
  • No. of Doctors in Specialty: 66
  • CareChex Rating for Joint Replacement Surgery: Highest
  • Rate of Complication: Average
  • Blood Stream Infection: Average
  • Blood Clots After Surgery: Worse

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Hi, I'm Grace. I write all things surgery for the PeerWell blog. You may remember me from such titles as: "Diabetes & Joint Replacement 101" & "Sex After a Joint Replacement".

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