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Osteoarthritis stiffens joints, causing pain during normal daily activities. There are several surgeries that replace damaged and deteriorated joints with synthetic ones – enabling the joint to move normally. With a wide variety of materials and devices to choose from, our orthopedic surgeons can adapt the surgery to fit your specific needs.
Total hip replacement replaces your arthritic hip joint and eliminates the damaged surfaces that are causing you pain. Hip replacement surgery removes the arthritic ball of the upper femur (thighbone) as well as the damaged cartilage from the hip socket. The natural ball is replaced by a metal or ceramic ball that is firmly fixed to a stem inserted into the femur. The socket is replaced with a metal cup, which is fixed to the socket.
The design of the implant gives you renewed stability and minimizes the wear process. There are several benefits from your hip replacement, but most important your new hip will eliminate pain, provide you more mobility and stop additional deterioration of your hip.
During a total hip replacement procedure a metal stem is inserted into your thighbone (femur). Attached to the neck of the stem is a hip ball, just over an inch in diameter. The hip ball fits into a liner. Together, the ball and liner create the new joint. The liner is inserted into a metal shell that is anchored to your pelvis. Your surgeon has the choice of anchoring the hip implants using either cement by 'bone ingrowth'. Your surgeon will select the design of the hip replacement and size of femoral ball that will give you the best range of motion and stability.
Total knee replacement replaces your diseased bone and cartilage with an orthopedic implant - eliminating the damaged surfaces that are causing you pain. Your new knee will provide you more mobility and will stop additional deterioration of your knee.
During surgery, the joint is exposed by an incision, made down the center of the knee. The damaged bone ends are then resurfaced with components designed to recreate the natural contours of the bones in a healthy knee. The metal and plastic implants allow the bones to smoothly glide against each other, similar to natural cartilage.
Partial (uni-compartmental) knee replacement spares healthy parts of the knee and preserves the option of total knee replacement for patients who might need additional treatment later in life. Because this procedure requires precise calculations and pinpoint surgical accuracy, partial knee replacements have historically been problematic. Community Regional is the first hospital in America to offer a new robotic-assisted surgery that delivers the precision required. The NavioPFS™Orthopedic Surgical System is used to replace only the part of the knee that is damaged. It uses 3D computer modeling to plot complicated angles and assist the surgeon to ensure a perfect fit between synthetic joint and natural tissue.
No matter which surgery is right for you, we use minimally invasive techniques – surgery through the smallest possible incision – whenever possible. This means less scarring, faster healing and less risk of infection.
The “mini-incision hip replacement” technique widely used today was developed by a pioneering surgeon at Community Regional Medical Center.
We also use a device called On-Q to help surgery patients minimize pain. The On-Q system is a pump the size of a small balloon that is secured to the thigh. Attached is a small catheter that pumps out small doses of pain medication, similar to Novocain, around the knee area. You can wear it home and your doctor will take it out after a couple of days. Using On-Q can help reduce the need for narcotics, which can have undesirable side effects and slow your recovery.