Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces parts of a damaged joint with a prosthesis. Joints may not be something people think about very often – unless they start to hurt. Perhaps the hinge-joint of the knee is not bending and straightening as smoothly as it used to. Or, the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder is no longer moving freely. Joints can be damaged by disease, injury, or simply the process of aging. As the joint wears away, patients experience pain, stiffness and swelling.
Total joint replacement, one of the greatest surgical advances of the last century, returns patients to a normal, active lifestyle. Joints may be replaced with metal, plastic or ceramic, and are designed to simulate the movement of a healthy, natural joint. Hip and knee replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacement surgeries, although ankle, wrist, shoulder, and elbow joints may also be replaced.
Many patients at Texas Orthopedic Hospital seek total joint replacement surgery because it is a very effective treatment for those who have advanced arthritis. After the arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced by a prosthesis, patients usually experience a swift recovery and are able to actively move with their new joint in no time. While total joint replacement is highly successful, approximately 10% of implants will fail, requiring joint revision surgery. This second procedure replaces the deteriorating implant.
Those who seek a total joint replacement surgery at Texas Orthopedic Hospital do so because of:
- Joint pain
- Damaged cartilage at the ends of bones
Before considering this type of surgery, we suggest physical therapy such as aquatic therapy first to see if that will help improve the patient’s condition.
Texas Orthopedic Hospital provides highly-experienced surgeons for patients considering total joint replacement or joint revision surgery. The majority of orthopedic surgeons at Texas Orthopedic Hospital are members of the Fondren Orthopedic Group L.L.P., a group globally recognized for leadership in orthopedic medicine.
The Joint Specialists at Texas Orthopedic Hospital invite you to learn more about the process a patient encounters when coming to our hospital for Hip or Knee Surgery.