UM UCH Joint Center
Taking the journey toward living pain free.

Raj Yalamanchili, M.D.
Medical Director

University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital
501 South Union Avenue
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
500 Upper Chesapeake Drive
Bel Air, MD 21014

443-643-BONE (2663)


If you are one of the millions of Americans seeking relief of knee or hip joint pain, stiffness and immobility, the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) Joint Center offers a unique team approach to joint replacement surgery that promotes healing and gets you back to a more active lifestyle. Our expert team of board certified orthopedic surgeons, nurses and rehabilitative professionals use a wellness patient-focused approach to provide relief for your joint pain. You can expect to spend less time in the hospital and enjoy having a loved one as a care partner to be at your side during your hospital stay. Your care partner will receive extensive information about your surgery and learn about caring for you after surgery. As part of our group philosophy, you will benefit from being with other joint replacement surgery patients for exercise, classes, meals and therapy.

Care Partners
The Joint Center's group model promotes team spirit and support among the participants. Each patient has a care partner, a friend or loved one, who serves as a support person. The camaraderie between the patient and care partner encourages quicker healing, builds confidence and reduces the anxiety associated with rehabilitation. Care partners are trained in the recovery process and attend the group sessions to act as coaches. Your care partner will help keep you on tract and geared towards leaving the hospital and returning to a more active life. If you can not identify a care partner, a volunteer care partner is provided.

A Learning Experience
The Joint Center's comprehensive program focuses on patient education and expectations, group therapy, integrative healing therapies and the use of care partners. Prior to surgery you and your care partner will attend an education class where members of our interdisciplinary team review expectations, our group therapy approach and the role of the care partner. The information you learn at this session is reinforced in a comprehensive patient notebook and daily newsletters you receive during your hospital stay.

A Team Approach

The Joint Center has nursing and rehabilitative team members dedicated just to caring for you. They work with you to ensure you are progressing and able to reach higher activity levels during your hospital stay. Each patient is fully evaluated by our physical and occupational therapists. As a group, patients attend exercise classes that focus on your need after surgery, how to get around safely and activity of daily living skills. Our nurses work proactively with the group to keep pain in check. You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing as soon as possible to facilitate a well environment.

Contact Us
For more information, call 443-643-BONE (2663).

Joint Pain Seminars
The Joint Center sponsors ongoing free seminars about joint pain featuring board certified orthopaedic surgeons. Call HealthLink at 1-800-515-0044 for the dates and times of our next seminars.

Joint Center Orthopedic Surgeons
At UM UCH's nationally recognized orthopedic service, some of the leading orthopedic surgeons in the region perform full and partial joint replacements.

For a referral to one of our orthopedic surgeons call HealthLink at 800-515-0044 or click here for our Orthopedics Surgeons contact information.

Raj Yalamanchili, M.D., Director
Spiro B. Antoniades, M.D.
Mark V. Clough, M.D.
William P. Cook, IV, M.D.
Brian DeMuth, M.D.
John Gordon, M.D.
Brian D. Mulliken, M.D.
John O’Hearn, M.D.
Edward O’Mara, M.D.
Vincent Osteria, M.D.
John Prodoehl, M.D.
Todd Tredinnick, M.D.
Douglas Wright, M.D.

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