Total Joint Replacement
Total joint replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty is commonly performed. This procedure is performed to repair severe injuries or to replace joints containing widespread forms of Arthritis and other bone diseases. Joints that endure continual weight-bearing stress, particularly the hips and knees lose cartilage over time. Shoulder joints can develop particular forms of Arthritis that may require total joint replacement surgery to relieve unbearable pain. Hand and joints also endure daily stress that can damage cartilage and are particularly susceptible to bone diseases.
Cartilage in the joints naturally protects bones from rubbing together. When cartilage begins to deteriorate, bones begin to rub against each other while in motion, resulting in severe pain and swelling. This can limit motion in the joints, cause the bones to grind and create popping sensations.Total joint replacement surgery can alleviate these symptoms and drastically improve the patient’s daily quality of life.
An orthopaedic surgeon can determine if Arthroplasty is necessary. Patients should consider potential risks under the guidance of a qualified physician before making a decision about Joint ReplacementSurgery. The performance of a joint replacement depends on several factors and will vary with each individual.
Anterior Hip Replacement
In the interest of the best possible outcome, our orthopaedic surgeons use a fracture table when performing anterior hip replacements. This special table is designed to allow the surgeon to manipulate the position of the leg, exposing the hip joint in a way that allows for the smallest possible incision and no cutting of muscle tissue.
Once the patient has been properly anesthetized, the surgeon begins the anterior hip replacement, which is also known as a minimally invasive anterior hip replacement. This is because the initial incision is only four inches in length, and is located along the front of the thigh. This is drastically different from the posterior approach, in which the incision is located along the back of the leg.
Once the incision is made, the surgeon can access the hip joint by simply separating the underlying muscles. Because the anterior approach does not require cutting through any muscles, it leaves the patient in less pain after surgery, and may result in shortened recovery time.
Once the hip joint is exposed, the surgeon can proceed with the surgery itself. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint, and the surgeon removes all damaged or arthritic cartilage from both the ball and the socket. Once this is done, both the ball and the socket are replaced with prosthetic components using precision techniques developed over many years. Your surgeon will use x-rays during the surgery to ensure total alignment between the components.
Once the prosthetic components have been successfully installed and the surgeon is satisfied with their placement, he closes the incision.
Anterior Hip Replacement Recovery
The anterior approach to hip replacement is also known as a tissue-sparing approach. This is because it cuts through the minimum amount of muscle and tissue in order to access the hip joint. Through this technique, the anterior approach seeks to help patients achieve full mobility and bear full weight immediately after surgery. This is a stark contrast to other approaches, which may require six to eight weeks of operating under strictly regulated activities.
Physical therapy is part of the recovery process. Your body will need to adjust to the hip implant, so physical therapists will prescribe exercises to promote mobility and hip function following the surgery. This physical therapy will be done in the clinic prior to your release, and will continue to take place once you go home.
Our team is committed to give total care during your recovery period; we are always striving to provide the best in anterior hip replacement that the area has available. In addition to follow-up appointments, our office is on call to answer any questions and concerns that may arise following surgery. We encourage our patients to call any time they have a question, and we will assist in any way we can.
While most patients are candidates for anterior hip replacement surgery, the final determination will be made after a thorough analysis by the surgeon. The initial consultation and examination will shed light on the exact issue as well as your individual anatomy. Please call us to find out more about how we provide among the best anterior hip replacement the area has to offer. Our staff will be happy to help with anything you need.
- Minimally invasive Hip and Knee Replacement
- Anterior Hip Replacement
- Out Patient Partial and Total Joint Replacements
- Frequently Treated Problems
- Hip, Knee and Shoulder Arthritis
Total Knee Replacement
Knee replacement surgery is most commonly performed to alleviate the debilitating pain and deformation caused by various forms of arthritis. Severe injuries to the ligaments, cartilage or the meniscus can also require total knee replacement surgery. The damaged areas of the knee joint are replaced by artificial components that optimize range of motion and renew proper use of the joint. The average recovery is approximately 6 weeks. However recovery time varies with each individual.
Total Shoulder Replacement
Shoulder replacement surgery is the third most common joint replacement procedure. When damage within the shoulder reaches advanced stages it can result in pain, weakness and limited use. Total shoulder replacement surgery may be the most viable option for patients who have reached these stages. Recovery time is more extensive for this procedure. Most patients have 50% motion in the new joint after 3 months. At approximately 6 months the average patient will regain most of their strength and motion as well as freedom from pain. Shoulder strength should be fully restored, one year after surgery.