Joint replacement might be necessary if you have a condition like advanced osteoarthritis and nonsurgical treatments aren't relieving your symptoms. If you need to consider joint replacement, the board-certified orthopedic surgeons at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine in Chevy Chase and Greenbelt, Maryland, can help. They specialize in performing minimally invasive joint replacements that relieve chronic pain and restore lost mobility. Find out more by calling the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
Joint replacement is a surgical solution to the problem of painful, dysfunctional joints for which no other treatments are viable. Knee and hip replacements are the most common procedures, but it's possible to have shoulders, wrists, elbows, ankles, and even toe joints replaced.
The replacement joints might consist of metal, ceramic, or plastic components or could be a mixture. In some instances, patients need only one part of the joint replaced, as is the case with a unicompartmental knee replacement. More often, it's necessary to replace the entire joint (total joint replacement).
The replacement joint or prosthesis mimics the natural joint movement very closely, giving you back your mobility while minimizing joint pain.
Joint replacement only becomes necessary for patients when less invasive treatments aren't effective, or an injury to the joint is too severe to repair. The most common reason why people need joint replacement is osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilage protecting the ends of your bones erodes over the years. The bones in your joints then irritate each other, producing inflammation, pain, and stiffness.
APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine provides many effective therapies for osteoarthritis, including comprehensive physical therapy services, medication, regenerative medicine injections, and steroid injections. When these treatments reach the end of their usefulness, joint replacement might be your best option.
At APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine, the surgeons use minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures where possible. This ensures there's minimal tissue damage, which means less pain and scarring and a faster recovery.
The specific details of any joint replacement surgery depend on the joint and whether you have partial or total joint replacement. Typically, your surgeon removes the joint's damaged parts and prepares the remaining, healthy bone to receive the artificial components.
The new components might need screwing into position or gluing with bone cement; sometimes it's possible to press-fit a new part in place. Following the procedure, you undergo a specially designed physical therapy course to build strength in the new joint and surrounding tissues.
To find out more about the latest joint replacement techniques, call APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine today or book an appointment online.