Roughly 7 million Americans currently have a hip or knee replacement that allows them to stay active and enjoy life despite their advanced arthritis. The physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists have extensive experience performing successful joint replacement surgery that alleviates their patients’ pain and improves mobility. If you suffer joint pain and stiffness from any cause, please call one of the offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Fractures can damage joints, along with a degenerative disease like arthritis, a medical condition, or years of wear and tear. Your doctor at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists may recommend joint replacement when pain and limited mobility persist in spite of nonsurgical treatments.
During joint replacement surgery, damaged tissues are removed and replaced with prosthetic parts.
You may need a replacement when your hip bones are damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or avascular necrosis, an insufficient blood supply leading to bone loss. Hip replacement surgeries include:
Total hip replacement
Your doctor removes the damaged femoral head at the top of your leg, inserts a metal stem into the center of the bone, then attaches a metal or ceramic ball to the stem. On the hip side, they remove damaged cartilage and tissues, then screw or cement a new metal socket into place.
Anterior total hip replacement
Hip replacement is done from the front of the joint rather than the side or back. Recovery is quicker because the surgery is done without detaching muscle.
Knee replacement is most often necessary due to arthritis, and there are two main types:
Total knee replacement
After removing damaged cartilage and bone on the ends of your upper and lower leg bones, your doctor cements or press-fits metal parts onto the bones. Your kneecap is resurfaced, then your doctor inserts a plastic spacer between the new metal pieces on each leg bone to create a smooth gliding surface.
Partial knee replacement
You may be a candidate for a partial knee replacement if damage from arthritis is confined to just one part of the knee.
Shoulder replacement is less common than hip and knee joint replacements, but it’s just as effective for relieving pain.
Like all joint replacements, the damaged parts are removed and replaced with prosthetic parts. Your exact procedure depends on which of the bones in the shoulder joint are affected.
Your doctor may perform a reverse shoulder replacement when your rotator cuff is severely damaged. A reverse replacement uses the deltoid muscle in the top of your shoulder to power your arm instead of your rotator cuff.
The team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists successfully perform a number of joint replacement procedures, including:
To learn more about joint replacement, call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists now.