- Posted on: Mar 15 2019
At Urgent Orthopedic Specialists, we restore function in the joints of patients. This is known as arthroplasty, and it may inolve resurfacing bones within the joint, or we may place an artificial joint.
Here’s some more information about arthroplasty at Urgent Orthopedic Specialists.
Why would I need arthroplasty?
The main reason a patient has joint trouble is due to osteoarthritis, commonly known as “wear and tear arthritis.” On osteoarthritis, decades of use can cause the cartilage in a joint to break down, allowing contact between bones.
Before we ever move to arthroplasty, we exhaust other treatment options. This may include these treatments: anti-inflammatory medicines, pain medicines, limiting certain activities, assistive devices such as a cane, physical therapy, cortisone injections into the joint, viscosupplementation injections into the joint, weight loss, and exercise/conditioning.
What happens in an arthroplasty?
IN a total joint replacement, the damaged ends of the bones are cut off and replaced with a prosthesis made of metal and plastic. Usually the bone ends receive new metal ends, while the cartilage is replaced with a plastic pad. This enables the metal bone ends to move smoothly across the plastic, as the bone ends formerly did with the patient’s natural cartilage.
Most of these procedures now can be done with minimally invasive techniques. This allows us to replace the joint with less cutting and manipulation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the joint. This makes for smaller incisions, less bleeding, less scarring, less pain, and a generally easier recovery.
The success of these procedures involves extensive physical therapy afterwards. This starts in the hospital, usually the next day after your surgery. While this sounds impossible, it’s actually important to get the new joint moving as quickly as possible. This ensures a faster healing process and better restoration of full function. Once patients leave the hospital they will continue with outpatient rehabilitation sessions a few times a week.
If you’re suffering with chronic joint pain, please call us at Urgent Orthopedic Specialists, (432) 520-3020, and let’s get to work easing that pain.
Posted in: Joint Pain & Replacement