If joint pain is keeping you from participating in activities you enjoy, hip or knee replacement has the potential to restore your independence and quality of life.

The St. Francis Joint Replacement Center gives you access to first-class care close to home. You can remain near family and they can easily be involved in your care. Recovery is often quicker than you might expect. Most of our joint replacement patients are able to walk the day of surgery.

Free Joint Pain Seminar

Learn more about treatment options at a FREE seminar led by joint replacement coordinator Natalie Chavez, BSN, RN, CMSRN on the second Tuesday of each month at CHI Health St. Francis. Please call if you have any questions.

Please note that masks are required and we are taking precautions with seating and attendance to ensure proper social distancing.  Sessions take place in Conference Room 6A/B.

2023 Seminar Schedule

  • Tuesday February 14th 10-11am Conf Rm 6 A/B
  • Tuesday April 11th 5-6pm Conf Rm 6 A/B
  • Tuesday June 13th 10-11am Conf Rm 6 A/B
  • Tuesday August 8th 10-11am Conf Rm 6 A/B

You will learn:

  • What causes joint pain
  • Non-surgical treatment options including exercises and medication
  • What to expect with surgical options and types of implants

Online registration is requested for this event. For questions, please call (308) 365-2208.

The Joint Camp Difference

One of the greatest features of the St. Francis Joint Replacement Center is Joint Camp. This program allows joint replacement patients to share the experience with other “campers”—everything from preoperative education to postoperative rehabilitation. The campers encourage each other to reach goals and celebrate achievements together.

Our Joint Camp participants select coaches to help them through recovery. The coach can be a friend or family member who learns about joint replacement and recovery right along with the camper. This knowledge is especially helpful once patients get home and need help with everyday activities such as getting dressed and preparing meals for the first couple of weeks.

Anterior Hip Replacement

Get back to the things you love. This new approach offers patients less pain and a faster recovery.


The inpatient tower at St. Francis was designed to be a relaxing, healing environment. While at the Joint Replacement Center, you’ll stay in a private room with ample space for family and visitors.

The Nebraska Room is a bright cheery space where patients participate in group physical therapy.

Pain Control

Managing your pain is always at the forefront of our care. Although we can’t eliminate all pain, we do all we can to manage discomfort so you can tolerate the activities that will get you mobile and active again.

Before surgery, anesthesia providers will discuss your options for pain management. They will listen to your expectations and work with you to devise a plan that suits your needs.

Our anesthesiologists offer regional or general anesthesia.

We know every patient has individual pain management needs. A patient’s pain control is closely monitored after surgery by specially trained nurses.


Our Team

Before, during, and after your surgery, you will have the expertise of many different members of the Joint Replacement Program team including physicians, nurses, patient care assistants, and physical and occupational therapists who specialize in total joint care.

The Joint Camp coordinator is a registered nurse responsible for providing personalized education to help you understand what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

At St. Francis, we believe in caring for the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. Pastoral care and social work services are available to patients if they wish.

Philip Cahoy, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Derek J. Hayden, DO

Orthopedic Surgery

Dolf R Ichtertz, MD

Orthopedic Surgery,
Hand Surgery

Scott Lemek, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Scott Lukens, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Gregory Sextro, MD

Orthopedic Surgery