Some surgeons decide to go beyond medical school and study to become joint replacement specialists who can perform a variety of surgeries. These orthopaedic doctors are qualified to offer a full range of surgical care, such as total knee replacement and total hip replacement.
Sometimes, these surgeons work with patients who have already tried treatments other than surgery to improve a hip or knee issue or pain in another joint caused by arthritis. When nonsurgical approaches are no longer helpful, a joint replacement specialist can recommend the best surgical option, such as joint replacement of the hip or knee.
Another type of patient who can benefit from care from a joint replacement surgeon is a person who has lived with joint pain for an extended period of time and is still experiencing pain. In these cases, the joint, whether it is a knee, hip, or some other joint, has often become so damaged that replacement surgery, like hip replacement or knee replacement, is the best or only option.
There are many different types of joint replacement procedures. For example, there are total joint replacement procedures, such as total hip replacement and total knee replacement. In these procedures, the entire hip joint or knee joint is replaced with an artificial joint, also referred to as an implant or prosthesis. There are also partial procedures, like a partial knee replacement, where only one section or compartment of the joint is replaced.
Today, there are many state-of-the-art surgical tools available that surgeons utilize. For instance, MAKOplasty®, which is a surgeon-controlled robotic-arm assisted technique that can be utilized in hip replacement surgery and knee replacement surgery. This technology allows for optimum positioning of the components to maximize the longevity of the implant as well as to minimize the potential complications.
It’s important to understand that in addition to a successful hip replacement surgery or knee replacement surgery, the best long-term outcomes after surgery depend on several factors. For example, the patient’s overall health matters.
It's also critical that the patient follows their doctor's instructions during the preoperative phase as well as their postoperative care instructions. The outcome of an otherwise successful surgical procedure, like knee replacement, can be negatively affected if the patient does not follow the doctor’s postoperative recommendations or complete their physical therapy and exercises.
Know When It’s Time to Get Help
If you are noticing any of these symptoms—especially if you have been experiencing them for more than a few days—schedule an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor or orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement.
- Chronic hip pain that impacts your daily activities
- Feeling clumsy or weak when you use the affected joint
- Limited mobility
- Loss of range of motion in a ball-and-socket joint, such as the hip or shoulder
- Pain in the knee, hip, or another joint that keeps you up at night
- Unable to bear weight or walk normally because of knee or hip joint pain
A joint replacement doctor may diagnose you with one of these hip, knee, or joint conditions or injuries:
- Cartilage damage
- Hip arthritis
- Knee arthritis
- Sports-related injury
Professional Orthopaedic Associates: Get Back to a Life Without Limits
Since 1985, we have been offering excellence in orthopaedic and sports medicine care. Our fellowship-trained joint replacement specialists, Dr. Harry Bade, Dr. Brian Torpey, Dr. Gregg Foos, Dr. Glenn Gabisan, Dr. Mark Gesell, Dr. Ryan Plyler, Dr. Allen Nicholson, and Dr. Gregory Parker, have years of expertise in diagnosing and treating complex joint injuries and conditions, such as arthritis. They draw from this combined knowledge base to bring the very best to our patients.
Additionally, they value and are committed to ongoing professional education. Our specialists attend courses and proactively learn the latest procedures and surgical techniques. They also serve as thought leaders, lecturing and writing about orthopaedic treatment related to joint replacement surgery. Our surgeons are some of the most highly respected in our region.