Reconstructive Orthopaedics offers patients comprehensive orthopedic care including joint replacement. We provide treatment for a broad array of joint problems within the shoulder, hip, and knee. Our orthopedic surgeons are skilled and experienced in a variety of joint replacement procedures.
Joint replacement is a surgery that involves replacing a severely damaged joint with a prosthetic joint. Sometimes, the surgeon will not remove the whole joint, but will only replace or fix the damaged parts. The doctor may suggest a joint replacement to improve how you live. Replacing a joint can relieve pain and help you move and feel better. Hips and knees are replaced most often. Other joints that can be replaced include the shoulders, fingers, ankles, and elbows.
Joints can be damaged by arthritis and other diseases, injuries, or other causes. Arthritis or simply years of use may cause the joint to wear away. This can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. Bones are alive, and they need blood to be healthy, grow, and repair themselves. Diseases and damage inside a joint can limit blood flow which can cause problems.
A new joint, called a prosthesis, can be made of plastic, metal, or both. It may be cemented into place or fitted, so that your bone will grow into it. Both methods may be combined to keep the new joint in place. A cemented joint is used more often in older people who do not move around as much and in people with “weak” bones. The cement holds the new joint to the bone. A non-cemented joint is often recommended for younger, more active people and those with good bone quality. The vast majority of hip replacements in the US are done with the press fit cementless technique. Most knee replacement will be fixed to the bone with cement.
Today, an increasing number of joint replacements are being performed with the advances in technology now making the procedure an option for a wider range of patients. About 773,000 Americans have a hip or knee replaced each year. Research has shown that even in older patients, joint replacement can help the person move around and feel better.
The orthopedic surgeons at Reconstructive Orthopaedics have extensive expertise in the following areas:
- Knee Replacement – When the bones of the knee rub against each other due to the deterioration of cartilage, the result is significant pain and decreased mobility. Knee joint replacement can bring pain relief and restore freedom of movement. Knee replacements are performed for a number of reasons ranging from degenerative diseases to sports injuries. For more information visit knee replacement. Click here to watch our television commercial.
- Hip Replacement – The ball and socket structure of the hip joint can become severely painful when the cartilage covering the bones is lost and bone rubs against bone. Hip joint replacements are performed when this occurs. Hip replacements are often performed on elderly patients, however younger patients may require hip replacement for a variety of reasons including injury resulting from an accident. For more information visit hip replacement surgery. Click here to watch our television commercial.
- Shoulder Replacement – A less common type of joint replacement is shoulder joint replacement. Joint issues, breakdown of cartilage and injury can all lead to pain and mobility conditions that necessitate shoulder replacement. As with other types of joint replacement, shoulder replacement patients often experience significant pain relief and following physical therapy, are able to resume normal activity. For more information visit shoulder replacement surgery.
To learn more, we invite you to explore our site. If you are currently experiencing pain or problems in your joints, contact us or call us today at 513-793-3933 to schedule an appointment. We will reserve the time and location that works best for you — we can usually schedule your appointment within 48 hours.