A joint is formed by the ends of two or more bones that are connected by thick tissue. The bone ends of a joint are covered with a smooth layer called hyaline cartilage. Normal cartilage allows nearly frictionless and pain-free movement. If the cartilage is damaged or diseased by arthritis, the joints become stiff and painful … often limiting your ability to live a full and active life. Joint replacement can restore that function by replacing the worn out joints with implants, allowing you to return to a more active and pain-free life.
Expert Orthopedic Care for Your Joints
We care for patients suffering from traumatic, degenerative or inflammatory joint diseases, primarily of the knee and hip:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- post-traumatic arthritis
- avascular necrosis
- work-related injuries
We offer innovative solutions, which may include replacement of the joint surfaces. Our skilled Joint Replacement team includes Dr. Matthew A. Dobzyniak, Dr. Jason R. Hull, Dr. Colin A. Mudrick, and Dr. Fred J. McGlynn. These physicians are well-respected in the medical community, offering decades of combined experience along with specialized fellowship training in Joint Replacement. This means you can be assured of state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment.
You can expect a thorough evaluation which will include a medical history and physical exam. You may need additional diagnostic testing…including X-ray and sometimes MRI. You don’t have to live with severe joint pain and the physical limitations it causes. We will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that is right for you.
Many Treatment Options to Relieve Your Pain
We will recommend non-surgical treatments, where possible. This may include medications, physical therapy, home exercise, cold therapy, weight loss, walking aids, bracing, and injections. If physical therapy is recommended, you will have access to our on-site Physical Therapy Centers that is convenient to where you live or work.
When surgery is required, you will benefit from the most up-to-date reconstructive and arthroscopic surgical technologies. Our surgeons use the latest surgical techniques, assuring you the most positive outcome possible.
Joint Replacement Surgery May Be Your Best Option
Joint replacement surgery is also referred to as arthroplasty and can ease pain and restore motion to knees, hips and other damaged joints. However, please be aware that the decision should be a cooperative one between you, your family, and your physician. Most patients decide the time is right when their knee or hip pain prevents them from living comfortably and going about their daily living and when non-surgical options are no longer effective. However, your general health and home/work circumstances must also be considered.
Today there are many different prosthesis available as well as different surgical techniques; including minimally invasive techniques. Your surgeon will talk with you to determine the best option.
We perform the following joint replacement surgeries:
- Total hip replacement, including anterior hip replacement and posterior hip replacement
- Hip revisions
- Total knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement
- Knee revisions
- Total shoulder replacement
- Reverse total shoulder replacement
- Total ankle replacement
Our physicians and their staff will work closely with you and your family members to prepare you for surgery. This is accomplished through education in all aspects of the surgical procedure including the pre-and post-operative periods, rehabilitation, and follow-up care.
Eighty to ninety percent of people who have joint replacement will have complete pain relief within a year, allowing them to return to their normal lifestyle. You will be asked to avoid jogging or other high-impact activities. Otherwise, you can lead an active life. Most patients will find that the new joint is still working well after 20 years, even though this does depend on age and activity level.