Orthopedics: Joint Replacements
The expert surgeons at Fort HealthCare Orthopaedic Associates perform both total and partial joint replacements for shoulders, hips and knees. Your physician will counsel you on the approach the best addresses your condition and your lifestyle. Joint replacement is a treatment option when pain:
- Is severe
- Interferes with daily activities
- Interferes with work
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), a combined total of more than 750,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed in America each year. And researchers predict the demand for these surgeries will double by 2016.
Partial Joint Replacement
Partial joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which only the damaged or diseased surfaces of the joint are replaced, leaving much of the natural bone and soft tissue in place.
Total Joint Replacement
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a plastic or metal device or an artificial joint. The artificial joint is designed to move just like a healthy joint.
Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement
Some Fort HealthCare surgeons have begun to do minimally invasive joint replacement surgeries on certain patients – a practice in which only 500 doctors in the nation have training. In these procedures, the surgeon uses smaller incisions — about half the size of those used in traditional surgeries. Because there is less damage to the surrounding tissues, patients recover more quickly and have smaller scars.