Joint pain has several causes. Injury, disease and age can make joints stiffen. Arthritis is the most common cause of joint pain, affecting nearly 20 percent of Americans. A joint replacement can relieve pain and help you live a fuller, more active life. Choosing to have a joint replacement is a major decision.
If you experience consistent pain in your daily activities, you should be evaluated by our orthopedic specialists. For some, rest, medication, and therapy are the first lines of treatment (see non surgical treatments). For patients whose cartilage is too worn or whose bone structures are too damaged to respond to non-surgical measures, a total joint replacement may be the best option.
Our physicians will explain what the surgery and recovery may entail so you can make the best decision.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Our surgeons specialize in the latest joint replacement procedures, including minimally invasive anterior hip replacement surgery. This approach allows the surgeon to minimize the impact of the surgery because it can be done using smaller incisions and specialized instruments.
Revision Hip Replacement
Over time the replaced joint may become painful or swollen due to wear and tear, injury, or infection. While an initial total hip replacement can last 30 years or longer, the most common cause of problems is a loosening of the implant in the bone. The function of the implant may decline, resulting in a limp, stiffness, or instability. Physical exams, X-rays, and other diagnostic testing may detect a change in the position or condition of the components. To correct the failed joint replacement, the joint needs to be surgically removed and replaced with a new implant.
Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Most total knee replacement operations involve replacing the joint surface at the end of your thigh bone (femur) and the joint surface at the top of your shin bone (tibia). It may involve replacing the surface of your kneecap (patella).
Partial Knee Replacement
If arthritis affects only one side of your knee (usually your inner side), it may be possible to have a partial replacement. Recovery times can be quicker with a partial replacement. It also gives the same level of pain relief as a total knee replacement, but with less bruising and scarring.