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East Cooper’s Comprehensive Joint Program offers advanced surgical techniques, a dedicated team of surgeons, nurses and therapists as well as individualized care plans all focused on relieving your joint pain. We are committed to the highest level of care for our patients. Our program’s dedication to evidence-based clinical pathways, pain management and short hospital stays allows for rapid recovery and has earned East Cooper’s Joint program The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee. 

Specializing in Joint Replacement

Our orthopedic specialists diagnose and treat painful, arthritic or damaged joints. Our treatments include:

Please note our orthopedists do not use a tourniquet in total knee replacement surgery, and the benefits to the patient include reduced pain and expedited mobilization and recovery.


Meet Our Medical Director

Dr H. Del Schutte Jr. has been Medical Director of the East Cooper Medical Center Comprehensive Joint Program since July of 2012. He is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with a primary focus on joint replacement surgery. Dr Schutte received his medical degree and completed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He then went on to complete his fellowship in Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Arizona. He is a past president of the South Carolina Orthopedic Association, and he is a current member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons as well as the Charleston County Medical Society where he also served as a past president. He has received numerous honors including The John A. Siegling Teaching Award from the Medical University of South Carolina where he has been on faculty for 22 years.


Vision of our Comprehensive Joint Program

To deliver personalized, advanced, first class care that exceeds patient expectations while maintaining the highest quality standards of patient care to enable the restoration and preservation of health, lifestyle, career, and future wellness to a diverse population.


Comprehensive Joint Program Highlights

  • Multi-specialty joint team
  • Education class prior to surgery
  • Dedicated pre-operative evaluation clinic
  • Advanced joint implants
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques including:
  • Goal is to walk same day of surgery
  • Complete physical rehabilitation program
  • Group exercise room with Wii Fit and putting green
  • Coordinated post-operative care
  • Support from past patient volunteers


East Cooper Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee by demonstrating quality measures specific to the needs of patients and their families including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. East Cooper Medical Center is committed to the highest level of care for its patients.

“Every person I came in touch with was caring, friendly and totally reassuring. Waking up after surgery was an experience I will always remember: no pain whatsoever for the first time in a very long time, just a warm bed and friendly faces. This did not change for the three days I stayed. Everyone was more than just professional – everyone cared.” - A Grateful Total Hip Replacement Surgery Patient