When a knee or hip is so badly damaged by injury or disease that it can’t be repaired, it can often be replaced with an artificial joint, usually made of metal and plastic.
The most common joints replaced are hips and knees. Seventy percent of joint replacements are performed because arthritis has caused the joint to stiffen and become painful to the point where normal daily activities are no longer possible.
Many joint injuries and diseases can now be corrected with a type of surgery that requires only very small incisions. Orthopaedic surgeons can use an arthroscope – a long, narrow viewing device about the size of pencil – to look inside joints and diagnose the problem. Video pictures of the inside of the joint, taken by a tiny camera mounted on the arthroscope and shown on a monitor, aid the surgeon in making the repairs.
Because arthroscopic surgery requires incisions that may be only a quarter of an inch long, patients generally experience less pain and recover much faster than with traditional surgery.
The joint replacement program at FirstHealth began more than 25 years ago and has one of the highest success rates in the country. FirstHealth orthopaedic surgeons perform both full and partial joint replacements.
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The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured. Whether you’re suffering from a past injury, or from gradual wear and tear of arthritis, knee pain can make it difficult for you to maintain an active lifestyle.
The orthopaedics team at FirstHealth is experts in caring for people with knee pain. From physical therapy to the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery such as knee arthroscopy, or total knee replacement, our team works with you every step of the way to provide the treatment that will restore your quality of life.
The hip joint is vital to keeping the body in motion. But when that joint cause you pain, everything you do suffers…playing sports, working in the yard, even the simple act of walking. A hip replacement removes the diseased joint and replaces it with an artificial one.
Our ultimate goal is to return you to optimum health and to help you with normal, pain-free, daily activity.
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