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Joint Replacement

The joint replacement team at St. Luke’s is committed to providing safe, effective, and patient-centered care to our community. Our comprehensive, multidisciplinary care is exceptional, seamless, and evidence-based, helping us drive high quality and continuous improvement for all hip and knee replacement patients and their families. 

You may be a candidate for joint replacement if conservative treatments for joint pain haven’t improved your condition or mobility. We’ll help you determine if surgery is your best option and, if so, we’ll prepare you for the best possible outcome. Our goal is to ensure you have the best joint replacement experience possible. To do this, we have developed a program that involves both the patient and family in planning and care throughout the surgery and recovery process, prioritizing education and teamwork to support the patient's best outcome.

Your team will include a surgeon, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and more. But don’t forget, you’re also an important member of the team. We encourage you and your coach (family member or friend) to take an active role in preparing for surgery, and to carefully follow our program of total joint rehabilitation for a successful recovery of your knee or hip. We want you back to your normal lifestyle as quickly as possible.

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Providers

  • Orthopedic Surgery

    Biography

    Greg Irvine, MD offers expertise in reconstructive surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder, as well as orthopedic trauma, sports medicine, and general orthopedic care. He is the current chief of staff at St. Luke’s McCall and medical director for the Payette Lakes Ski Patrol.

    Originally from northern Michigan, Dr. Irvine was part of the Inteflex Combined Pre-medical/Medical School Program's first class at the University of Michigan, where he also completed his orthopedic surgery residency. While his wife completed her anesthesiology residency, Dr. Irvine remained at the University of Michigan, joining the orthopedic surgery faculty as an assistant professor of surgery. He also served as the attending surgeon at Wayne County General Hospital and the co-director of sports medicine at University Hospital. 

    The couple later moved west, and Dr. Irvine established a busy trauma and joint replacement practice at the Portland Orthopedic Clinic. He also led the Level I orthopedic trauma service at Emanuel Hospital. During this time, he served as an oral examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, holding that position for more than twenty years.

    After his wife passed away from brain cancer (glioblastoma), Dr. Irvine relocated to McCall, where the two had planned to retire. He built a practice and served as the only orthopedic surgeon in the area for years.

    Dr. Irvine remarried, and he and his wife now maintain homes in Portland and McCall. They truly appreciate the blessings of Idaho mountain living. In his free time, Dr. Irvine enjoys Nordic and alpine skiing, rafting, fly fishing, upland bird hunting, and hiking.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Orthopedic Surgery

    Biography

    Matthew Kopplin, MD brings a practice with a sub-specialty focus on hip and knee replacement surgery. He has specific interest in accelerated recovery programs after total joint replacement and uses multi-modal pain management, updated anesthesia and therapy protocols, day-of-surgery mobilization, and accelerated discharge protocols. 

    Dr. Kopplin performs direct anterior hip replacements; revision and complex primary hip arthroplasties; total, partial, and revision knee replacements; and arthroscopic hip and knee surgeries with an interest in hip morphology and its relationship with replacement. 

    Dr. Kopplin is a member of the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and his teams in the past achieved certification as a Center of Excellence by Blue Cross and Blue Shield in hip and knee replacement.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Orthopedic Surgery

    Biography

    Ronald M. Kristensen, MD specializes in hip and knee replacements as well as problems involving the lower extremities. Dr. Kristensen is a founder of the St. Luke's Joint Center, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and an active member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. After completing his lower extremity fellowship in Seattle, he moved to Boise, where he advanced lower extremity reconstruction, having performed over 1,000 computer-assisted hip and knee replacement surgeries. He has worked with the early development of custom cutting jigs and has implemented advanced multimodal pain management techniques to minimize postoperative discomfort.

    Dr. Kristensen serves on multiple committees for St Luke’s. He has been active in teaching and research with numerous publications, as well as lectures regarding the management of arthritic problems. In 2005, Dr. Kristensen was elected as one of the Best Doctors in America by his peers and currently holds this nomination. It is Dr. Kristensen’s goal to return his patients to pain-free daily activities as well as recreational activities including golfing, biking, and skiing.

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    Accepting new patients
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      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Orthopedic Surgery

    Biography

    Jedediah May, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex total joint arthroplasty of the hip, knee, and shoulder. Skilled in cutting-edge arthroplasty techniques, Dr. May's surgical interests include minimally invasive partial knee replacement, mini posterior and direct anterior hip replacement surgery; complex primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery; hip preservation surgery; and both primary and reverse total shoulder replacement surgeries.

    After his residency, Dr. May spent a year at the Mayo Clinic doing clinical research in their Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He also completed a year of fellowship training in adult reconstruction and orthopedic trauma surgery at the University of Otago. 

    Dr. May has numerous peer-reviewed journal publications focusing on blood conservation in joint replacement surgery, joint replacement techniques and minimally invasive surgeries to improve patient function and expedite recovery, as well as advanced technologies in joint replacement. 

    Dr. May believes that patients in the Magic Valley should receive the most advanced orthopedic care. "I believe in spending time with each patient, hearing their story and answering questions about their orthopedic problems."

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Orthopedic Surgery

    Biography

    Rohn Tyler McKee, DO treats pediatric, teen, and adult patients. He specializes in arthritis and osteoporosis, and treats all aspects of orthopedics. He performs arthroscopic surgery, joint replacement surgery, sports medicine, and rehabilitation services, and treats trauma and fractures. Dr. McKee earned his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and completed his internship and residency at Ohio University, Doctors Hospital.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Orthopedic Surgery

    Biography

    Jeffry P. Menzner, MD is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. He has a keen interest in improving the entire experience of patients undergoing joint replacement, from pre-operative preparation to post-operative recovery and rehabilitation, and credits the development of a hospital-based joint replacement center for greatly improving the safety, comfort, and recovery of his hip and knee replacement patients. He works closely with sarcoma patients.

    Dr. Menzner completed a fellowship in orthopedic oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital in association with Harvard Medical School. In addition to his medical degree, he holds a master's degree in health care delivery science from Dartmouth College. 

    Dr. Menzner served on active duty as a U.S. Air Force orthopedic surgeon. He has served on area hospital committees on patient safety, orthopedic supervisory, physician advisory, and credentialing. He is a member of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society and is a founder of the St. Luke's Joint Center.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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      St. Luke's Health Partner

      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Orthopedic Surgery

    Biography

    Mark B. Wright, MD specializes in total joint replacement, sports medicine injuries, trauma, and upper extremity and hand rehabilitation.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

Joint Replacement Procedures

Why Choose St. Luke's for Joint Replacement?

Nationally Recognized for Excellence

Our joint replacement programs in Boise and Meridian have been recognized as Joint Replacement Centers of Excellence by the Joint Commission. While our formal accreditation applies specifically to Boise and Meridian, our entire joint replacement program adheres to the same standards of excellence throughout the health system.

The Joint Commission provides a framework to recognize the highest level of quality in patient outcomes and reduced patient risk through clinically proven evidence-based care.