If you have arthritis or you’re in a serious accident, and certain joints are beyond repair, joint replacement surgery could be the solution. The highly skilled team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in North Kansas City, Missouri, has considerable expertise in carrying out joint replacement surgeries using minimally invasive techniques wherever possible. Call Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
Joint replacement is a type of surgery in which your provider at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine removes all or part of your existing joint and substitutes it with artificial components called a prosthesis. This procedure is also known as arthroplasty.
The prosthesis can be made of metal, plastic, or ceramic materials, and is designed to work in the same way as a healthy joint. Large joints like the ankle, shoulder, elbow, and wrist, as well as some smaller joints in the hands, could be suitable for joint replacement. The joints most commonly replaced are the knees and hips.
Joint replacement is an option when you have a painful, disabling hip condition like osteoarthritis.
When you visit Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to get help with painful joints, conservative treatments are the initial approach in most cases. This would include therapies such as:
For most patients, these treatments reduce pain and improve mobility significantly. However, for some patients, they don’t work so well or stop working after a while.
If that’s the case, your provider at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can discuss the option of having joint replacement surgery.
You either have general anesthesia or a local anesthetic with a sedative to keep you relaxed. Your provider removes the affected bone and cartilage from your joint and prepares the remaining healthy bone to receive the prosthesis.
The new sections need to fit perfectly into your joint to replicate the natural movement and avoid friction and pain. Some sections might have a long stem that fits into the bone; for example, the ball in a new hip joint has a stem that fits into the hollow center of your femur. Other sections might be held in place with screws or bone cement.
Your provider also fits a spacer between the replacement bones to ensure they slide as the bones would in a normal joint.
Wherever possible, your team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine uses a minimally invasive approach to complete joint replacement surgery. This minimizes pain and tissue damage and encourages faster healing. However, it’s not suitable for all patients.
Your provider can advise you on which approach is most suitable for you.
If joint pain is making your life miserable and conservative treatments aren’t making much of a difference, a joint replacement could be the answer. Call Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.