Regain Your Quality of Life Through Joint Replacement
At Virginia Orthopedics, our objective is to provide thoughtful state-of-the-art care in patients who are experiencing disability secondary to arthritis in the hips, knees and ankles. Total joint replacement allows patients to be independent and improves their quality of life. Our goal is to relieve your pain and restore motion using both innovative and proven techniques to maximize your result.
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a refined metal, plastic or ceramic device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint. The prosthesis also offers joint stability as well as the function and support you need to maintain your quality of life.
Joint Replacement Procedures
Joint replacement surgery is a highly effective way of eliminating joint pain, correcting a deformity, and helping improve the patient’s mobility (movement). Joint replacement surgical techniques are being perfected every day and new approaches to joint replacement can minimize hospital stay, discomfort from large incisions and help you heal quicker. New approaches to joint replacement minimize down time for the patient and offer a significant reduction in pain almost immediately. The most common types of joint replacement are:
- Hip Replacement
- Knee Replacement
- Shoulder Replacement
When is Total Joint Replacement Recommended?
Joint replacement surgery is a big decision for patients suffering with joint pain and disability. Joint pain is often caused by damage to the cartilage that surrounds the end of the bones (articular cartilage). Damage to a joint occurs from degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis or a fracture. As cartilage wears away, bone on bone friction causes bones spurs to develop, which deform the bone and limit the motion of the joint. Hip fractures can destabilize the hip joint and weaken the integrity of the bone structure. When the integrity of a joint is compromised, joint replacement may be the recommended solution.
Depending on your pain level and the usability of your joint, the physicians at Virginia Orthopedics may start your treatment with a conservative approach. If it quickly becomes clear that non-invasive treatment such as anti inflammatory medication, activity modification, steroid injection and physical therapy is not going to decrease pain and restore function to your joint, we will proceed with surgical options.
What to Expect with Joint Replacement
At Virginia Orthopedics, our physicians will prepare you for the surgical process and guide you step by step on what you can expect during the procedure. The surgical procedure to remove and replace a damaged joint usually takes a couple of hours. You may stay in the hospital overnight, but you will be encouraged by physical therapist to start moving the day of the surgery. The sooner you begin to move the lower the risk of complications. To make your surgery as successful as possible, a rehabilitation plan will be prescribed to strengthen your muscles and regain your range of motion. Your commitment to your rehabilitation program will guide the success of your joint replacement outcome.
The majority of patients are able to perform daily activities more easily after joint replacement surgery. Most people can expect their joint replacement to last for many years, providing them with an improved quality of life that includes less pain, as well as improved motion and strength that would not have been possible without joint replacement surgery.