A joint replacement surgery removes the damaged joint and replaces it with a new prosthetic one. A joint is any place in the body where the ends of two bones meet such as the hip, knee or shoulder. It is not unusual for joints to wear down over time. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are common side effects of wear and tear, arthritis, and other joint conditions. When the pain becomes so extreme that medication and physical therapy cannot help, joint replacement surgery is usually recommended.
Joint replacement surgery utilizes a prosthetic joint, a device that is usually made of a combination of metal, ceramic, and/or plastic. Artificial joints are designed to replicate the movement of a native joint. The prosthesis can be attached to the bone with acrylic cement or can be press-fitted to allow the bone to grow into the implant. The prosthesis will mimic the shape and movement of the joint it is replacing.
A prosthetic joint may last 15 to 20 years, depending on use and activity level. Younger patients may need to have a joint replaced more than once.
Types of Joint Replacement
Golden State Orthopedics & Spine (GSOS) surgeons have experience and focused training on replacement of various orthopedic body parts, from a total hip replacement to the STAR method of replacing the ankle joint.
We perform the following joint replacement surgeries:
- Spinal disc replacement
- Ankle replacement
- Knee replacement
- Hip replacement
- Shoulder replacement
- Finger joint replacement
Our team has a long history of performing joint replacement surgeries. We keep up with the latest advancements and technological evolutions to provide our patients with excellent care and improved quality of life.
Possible Risks of Joint Replacement Surgery
The risks associated with a joint replacement are similar to any surgery. These include risk of infection, pain, allergic reaction to anesthesia, excessive bleeding or other complications. Each patient’s orthopedic surgeon will thoroughly discuss the specific risks associated with the replacement surgery prior to treatment.