Total joint replacement, or arthroplasty, is a highly innovative surgical procedure performed by a skilled orthopaedic surgeon to replace a damaged joint. Worn down cartilage causes bones to rub together, allowing the joint to enter a state of vulnerability. Patients who suffer from severe pain, immobility and discomfort opt for this solution as it entails the opportunity for complete functionality once more. Total joint replacement can be performed on many areas of the body including the hip, knee, foot, ankle, elbow, fingers, and shoulders; however knee and joint replacements are the most common amongst the population.
During the operation, an incision is made to gain access to the affected joint. Thereafter, the joint is removed and replaced by a prosthesis comprised of plastic and metal (titanium, stainless steel, chrome) pieces. The “new” hip will allow the patient mobility once again and eliminate pain and other symptoms felt prior to the operation. The length of surgery depends on the severity and location of the affected joint. The recovery process entails a strict regimen of physical therapy following the procedure to strengthen surrounding muscles.
Our surgeons will meet with you to evaluate the degree of the joint’s damage. If all other treatment solutions have failed (e.g., physical therapy, analgesics), our doctors will decide whether or not an arthroplasty is the best option for you.
Schedule an appointment to learn if you are a candidate for total joint replacement surgery with a Connecticut orthopaedic specialist at NOSS, contact our offices at 203-755-NOSS (6677) or 1-800-463-8764.