Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure where parts of a damaged or arthritic joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.
Hip and knee replacements are commonly performed joint replacements, but replacement surgery is performed at the DOC on other joints, including the ankle, wrist, thumb, shoulder, and elbow.
Technology has come a long way, with greater advances in biomaterials. DOC surgeons are utilizing leading edge techniques such as small joint implants. Read more info.
When Is Total Joint Replacement Recommended?
Several conditions can cause joint pain and disability and lead patients to consider joint replacement surgery. In many cases, joint pain is caused by damage to the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones (articular cartilage)—either from arthritis, a fracture, or another condition.
If nonsurgical treatments like medications, physical therapy, and changes to your everyday activities do not relieve your pain and disability, total joint replacement may be recommended.