When joint pain and stiffness make walking hard, and you can’t participate in the activities you enjoy, it’s time to consider a total joint replacement. The skilled team at the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County in Atlantis, Boynton Beach, and Wellington, Florida, have extensive experience replacing ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder joints, restoring the joint’s function and giving you long-lasting pain relief. Call the nearest office today or request an appointment online to learn if you’re a candidate for a total joint replacement.
Joint replacement is surgery to remove damaged bones in the joint and replace them with artificial (prosthetic) parts. The Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County specialists can replace most major joints in your body, including your ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders.
Joint replacements most often treat:
Osteoarthritis is the most common condition needing a joint replacement. However, rheumatoid arthritis can also cause enough joint damage to require a new joint.
Though not typical, osteonecrosis develops when an injury or disease interferes with the joint’s blood supply. The bone dies, causing joint damage.
Rotator cuff arthropathy happens when a rotator cuff tear in your shoulder causes abnormal bone deterioration. The progressive joint degeneration can require a prosthetic replacement.
You would need a total joint replacement when you have one or more of the following:
Age doesn’t need to factor into joint replacement decisions. The significant criteria are your overall health, loss of movement, and symptom severity.
The experienced surgeons at the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County can perform many (but not all) joint replacements with minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive procedures use small incisions that cause less trauma. As a result, you have lower risks during surgery, less pain afterward, and you recover faster.
A total joint replacement involves:
The prosthetic pieces attached to the bones are metal. A plastic piece placed between the components serves as the new cartilage.
Your surgeon precisely sizes and carefully positions the new joint components, ensuring that they function like your original joint.
Some total joint replacements are outpatient procedures, allowing you to go home as soon as you can safely walk around with an assistive device. However, you might need an inpatient procedure, depending on the joint being replaced and your overall health.
The Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County can help if you struggle with joint pain. Call the nearest office today or use the online booking feature to request an appointment.