Joint Replacement SurgeryMissouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine
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Joint replacement surgery removes damaged or diseased portions of a joint and replaces them with new, man-made parts. Replacing a joint can reduce pain and help you move and feel better. Hips and knees are replaced most often. Other joints that can be replaced include the shoulders, fingers, ankles, and elbows. Let the experienced team at Missouri Orthopedics & Advanced Sports Medicine in St. Louis relieve your pain and restore your mobility with a variety of joint replacement surgery options.
Damaged sections of the joint are removed and replaced with an artificial joint, or prosthesis, to reduce pain and improve function. This procedure is recommended for those who have pain that interferes with daily life and other treatments have failed. Visit our Hip page to learn more.
A knee replacement procedure is performed to alleviate pain and restore functionality to diseased knee joints. Damaged sections of bone and cartilage from the thigh, shin, and kneecap are removed and replaced with an artificial joint, or prosthesis. Limited range of motion, pain, and instability may be reasons to considered knee replacement. To learn more, visit our Knee Surgery page.
Although not as common as hip and knee replacement, shoulder replacement may be used as a treatment option to alleviate joint pain and get back to daily activities after other options have failed. Damaged portions of the joint are removed and replaced with a prosthesis. Learn more about shoulder replacement on our Shoulder page.
To discuss your joint replacement options, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Joint Replacement FAQs
What are the risks of joint replacement surgery?
Like any major surgery involving general anesthesia, there is a low risk of strokes, heart attacks, pneumonia, and blood clots. Blood clots occurring in deep veins, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT), are a potential complication of knee replacement surgery.
What joints can be replaced?
The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint. Hip and knee replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacements, but replacement surgery can be performed on other joints, as well, including the ankle, wrist, shoulder, and elbow.
Why is joint replacement surgery needed?
Joint replacement surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of a joint and replaces them with new, man-made parts. The goals of joint replacement surgery are to relieve pain, help the joint work better, and improve walking and other movements. An exercise program can reduce joint pain and stiffness.
What is the surgical procedure to repair a joint?
Resection arthroplasty, which is a surgery to remove arthritic surfaces and/or bone. Surgery on tendons or ligaments to repair related joint injuries.
Why would someone need a joint replacement?
Joint replacement surgery is a highly effective way of eliminating joint pain, correcting a deformity, and helping improve the patient’s mobility (movement). People who are considered for joint replacement surgery often have severe joint pain, stiffness, limping, muscle weakness, limited motion, and swelling.