Joint Replacement

Joint replacement can be an effective treatment for patients who have tried other measures to no avail. Patients who develop severe osteoarthritis – when the loss of cartilage in a joint causes two bones to rub painfully against each other – are often good candidates for joint replacement. During the procedure, the original joint is replaced with a prosthetic joint that doctors fit precisely to your body. When appropriate, we use minimally invasive techniques to limit the size of the incision and speed patient recovery. Joints that are commonly replaced include the hip, shoulder, knee, and wrist.

Total Hip Replacement

Prior to hip replacement surgery, our doctors will take precise measurements of the size and shape of the hip joint in order to select a perfectly sized prosthesis. During surgery, we will replace ball of the hip joint, attach it to the thighbone, remove damaged cartilage, attach the replacement socket, and insert the new ball into the socket. 

Total Shoulder Replacement

There are two ways to replace the shoulder joint: through conventional total arthroplasty or reverse total arthroplasty. Your surgeon will decide which technique is best for you depending on the nature of your injury.  In conventional total athroplasty, the prostheses match the shoulder anatomy – the shoulder socket is replaced by a plastic cup, and the ball is replaced by metal prosthesis at the top of the humerus. During reverse shoulder arthropolasty, the positions of the prosetheses are switched – the metal ball is placed in the socket, the cup is placed at the top of the humerus. This technique is appropriate for patients with large rotator cuff tears.  

Our team will complete a CT scan of the shoulder prior to surgery in order to discover the joint’s precise size and shape. We work with a bioengineering firm to create custom tools to use during computer-assisted surgery, where we position the prosthesis at the perfect depth, angle, and height for the patient. 

Partial Knee Replacement

A small minority of patients may not need to replace the entire knee joint. These patients are candidates for a partial knee replacement, in which one portion of the knee – usually the interior of the knee, known as the medial – is replaced with a prosthetic.

Total Knee Replacement

A total knee replacement, also known as knee arthroplasty, replaces the surface of all parts of the knee. Prostheses vary depending on the extent of the patient’s injury. In some cases, we work with a bioengineering firm to create custom knee prostheses. Our surgeons remove the damaged cartilage between the femur and the tibia, position the prosthetic, and replace the patella with a prosthetic kneecap. We then insert a spacer that allows the joint to glide smoothly.

Wrist Replacement

While wrist replacement is uncommon, it can be an effective treatment for patients with painful arthritis. Our team will remove the damaged wrist bones and replace them with a prosthetic ball and socket that connects the radius to the carpal bones. The plastic prosthetic pieces glide easily and allow for a full range of motion in the wrist

Before and After Surgery
Prepare

Make sure you’re ready for your operation. 

Heal

Take good care of yourself as you recover.