Whole Health Joint Replacement Institute is back performing hip and knee replacements. Contact us today for more information.

Personalized Pre-Operative Joint Replacement Care

At Whole Health, we operate under the orthopedic philosophy that a well-educated patient can assist in optimizing the results of their total or partial joint replacement. We care for our patients not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well, truly assessing their health as a whole entity. In addition to the high-quality joint replacements we provide our patients, we also believe in the benefits of equipping them with thorough knowledge of the potential risks or complications associated with either operation. Our patients will leave their consultation knowing what their individual road to recovery will look like and how they can utilize realistic expectations to optimize their wellness and post-operative results. Beyond that, we introduce each of our patients to a personal patient concierge, or someone they can be in constant contact with throughout the process to confidently express any questions or concerns they may be experiencing. Download Whole Health’s new patient joint replacement packets today and schedule your consultation to find out if you’re a candidate for one of our specialized same-day joint replacement procedures.

Kinematic Alignment | Total Knee Replacements

Kinematic alignment, also known as total knee arthroplasty (TKA), is a method of knee replacement that aims to restore the natural anatomy of a patient’s knee and limb. To do this, rather than adjusting the knee of the patient, Dr. Molli and his team at the Whole Health Joint Replacement Institute perform measured bone resections and minimize the release of certain ligaments – namely, the posterior cruciate, collateral, and retinacular ligaments. Whole Health has performed over 200 TKA procedures performed since December 11th of 2018, and fortunately for our patients, none of them required a primary care referral.

In our experience at Whole Health, we have noted less post-operative swelling and edema following the kinetic alignment knee replacement procedure, as well as improved motion as early as three weeks post-op. Generally, TKAs lead to more stable and natural feeling knees than traditional knee replacement procedures. With TKAs, most patients experience little to no post-operative balancing issues. At Whole Health, we believe in educating our patients thoroughly about our procedures. We’ve seen knowledge lead to positive lifestyle alterations and changes in behavior that can optimize the results of each operation we perform.

Partial Knee Replacements | The Moto Partial Knee System

One of Whole Health’s proudest achievements is our own Dr. Molli being one of the four creators of the medial unicompartmental replacement known as the “Moto Partial Knee System”. This anatomic and compartment-specific piece is capable of fitting 10 different femur sizes and 8 different tibia sizes with 6 poly thickness options to boot. Our dedication to superior orthopedic care goes beyond simply performing the surgeries, rather making sure that each component is a perfect fit for our patients.

During this procedure, our surgeons only replace one component of the patient’s knee, allowing their recovered limb to feel more “natural” and similar to their pre-operative knee than a total knee arthroplasty would leave them. As a less invasive procedure, partial knee replacements naturally run into fewer complications than TKAs, including less stiffness and less risk of infection and blood clots. This operation offers quicker functional recovery than a total knee replacement, partially due to the fact that a partial knee replacement allows us to preserve all four ligaments within the knee. Should you require a total knee arthroplasty down the road, our partial knee replacements can be easily converted by our expert team of physicians, surgeons, and post-operative professionals.

Potential Risks & Complications for Joint Replacement Surgeries

Being prepared for hip, knee, or shoulder replacement requires physical, mental, and emotional readiness. Although pain after surgery is an anticipated reality, it’s important to keep in mind that this is surgical pain/soreness; it is temporary and should resolve with time. Patients may also experience:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Bruising
  • Frustration
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness / Dizziness

Today, physicians and other clinicians have gotten very good at anticipating this pain and treating it before it even occurs. Whole Health utilizes a state-of-the-art pain protocol to keep patients feeling better than before.

With all joint replacements, it is necessary to understand the potential risks as they are part of the informed consent process. Some of these complications may include:

  • Infection
  • Blood clot
  • Numbness
  • Damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments & nerves
  • Clicking / popping
  • Failure of procedure
  • Need for revision surgery
  • Implant wear/failure
  • Reactions to medications or anesthesia
  • Death

The Whole Health Joint Replacement Institute is here to keep you from becoming overwhelmed by these risks. Feel free to contact us today with any additional questions you may have.

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Testimonials

Had hip replacement surgery today… back home and feeling great. Very grateful to have someone of this caliber in Crawford County. From the check in person to Dr. Molli I cannot thank you all enough for your excellent care!

Donald

Dr. Frndak is an amazing surgeon, caring, and devoted to his patients. My first experience with him was in 1994, when, as a new surgeon, he re-replaced my total knee , and most recently, in October of 2019, when he replaced my husband’s hip. I have the utmost faith in him and his skills, and can’t recommend him enough.

Sandy

My father had a wonderful experience with Dr. Molli and staff! He came out of surgery and was very grateful for how well he was cared for and respected as a patient!! Highly recommend this team!! Thank you for all you do for our community!

Ashley

My dad went in December 30 for a total knee replacement. February 14th he turned 85 and is back at full movement and extremely happy with the results. Thank you Dr. Molli and your staff for a job well done and helping to keep our dad active.

Scott

I am so thankful Meadville has such a highly qualified orthopedic surgeon such as Dr. Frndak. I didn’t have to do any searching for a surgeon as he has a great reputation in Meadville and “word of mouth” sometimes says it all! I wouldn’t trust any other to perform my two hip replacements, and in the near future; I will be having both knees replaced. He did a wonderful job with my hip replacements although mine weren’t “typical” hip replacement as I had Congenital Hip Dysplasia with my hip sockets not fully formed. He did a wonderful job in getting the hips in line and where they should be. His medical knowledge and ethics make him an awesome physician. There is no need to go out of town to have any joint replacements.

Patient of Dr. Philip Frndak

I had my partial knee replacement surgery 2/26/20. They give you so much information and you really learn about the procedure before surgery. They provide you with medications that are thorough for every aspect of your healing process. I feel like I was taken care from the beginning (pre-op), surgery and after care. It was an odd time during the quarantine but I knew they were just a phone call away. I cannot say enough about what a positive experience this was. I’m feeling good and looking forward to getting stronger. Such a great feeling of finally being out of constant pain. Thank you Dr. Molli and crew. I’m so happy with you all! I’m getting my life back and it’s a wonderful feeling. Thank you so much.

Wendy

I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying my new knees, I am able to go on long walks and be active in other ways with NO PAIN! You did a super job!

Jim
Meadville

My partial knee surgery and recovery were MADE EASY because of you! Thank you for being the BEST!

Kathy
Erie

He put my mind at ease and I never once doubted anything he said. He was so good to me and I have had terrific results because of him. Thank God I investigated before I had the surgery because I feel I got the very best doctor and because of my good outcome many, many people I know have gone to him for surgery or advice. Thank you Dr. Frndak!

Patient of Dr. Philip Frndak

Thank you for the excellent surgery you did for me. I am now ENJOYING my life again. Splash Lagoon and Disney trips are planned soon!

Judy
Meadville