The various joint surfaces are lined with cartilage, which is a tough, shock-absorbing material. With problems such as strains, fractures, or osteoarthritis, they may someday need to be replaced.
The main objective of joint reconstruction is to replace the injured or worn joint surfaces with materials such as metal, plastic, polyethylene, ceramics, or a combination of those materials. The material selected depends on the reason for the surgery, as well as which joint is being replaced.
At South Palm Orthopedics, our surgeons are experts at joint reconstruction, and they employ the latest techniques in shoulder, hip, and knee replacement, including minimally invasive procedures for hip and knee replacement and reverse shoulder replacement.
Hip and Knee Replacement
Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint that allows bending and straightening of your body and movement of your lower limbs. Osteoarthritis is the main reason for hip replacement surgery, but there are other conditions, including trauma, that may require the need for a hip replacement. Hips and knees are the most commonly replaced joints.
The knee, the largest hinge-type joint in the body, is also one that gets injured often. Even though major muscle groups, like hamstrings and quadriceps, support your knees, injury or disease can cause weakness, pain, and limited function. For many, knee replacement is the only way to reduce the pain and restore function and quality of life.
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Learn more about the types of hip and knee replacement surgery:
Total Hip Replacement
The hip is one of the most commonly replaced joints. The hip is a ball and socket joint. It allows us to move our legs and bend and straighten our body. Osteoarthritis, a type of arthritis, is the main reason for Hip Replacement Surgery.
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement – Arthroplasty
The hip is one of the most frequently replaced joints. Osteoarthritis, a type of arthritis, is the main reason for hip replacement surgery. Other conditions, including trauma, may also require the need for a hip replacement.
Anterior Hip Replacement
When you need surgery to replace a damaged or diseased hip, some orthopedic surgeons have advanced training to perform anterior hip arthroplasty, also known as the direct anterior approach to hip replacement.
Total Knee Replacement
The knee is the largest joint in our body. It is one to the most easily injured joints. Knee problems can occur from injury, aging, “wear and tear,” or disease, such as arthritis. Arthritis causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. It can affect the cartilage in the knee joint. Cartilage is a very tough, shock absorbing material that covers the ends of many of our bones.
Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
Knee Replacement Surgery is the most common type of joint replacement surgery. The knee is one of the most easily injured joints. Knee problems can occur from injury, aging, “wear and tear,” and arthritis.
Partial Knee Replacement
Your knee is an important joint that supports the weight of your body and must function correctly for movement and walking. Your knee is made from bone, ligaments and cartilage. One type of cartilage covers the bones, and the other type cushions between the bones.
Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint and has a greater range of motion than any other joint in the body. One can hit a tennis ball and throw a baseball because of the shoulder's impressive range of motion.
Injury, arthritis, and overuse can cause cartilage degeneration, leading to pain, weakness, and decreased range of motion of the shoulder. In some patients, this can only be cured with shoulder replacement surgery.
Shoulder replacement surgery is much less common than hip and knee replacements, as the shoulder is not a weight-bearing joint. Many people are not even aware that the shoulder can be replaced.
Learn more about the types of shoulder replacement surgery:
Shoulder Joint Replacement
The shoulder has a greater range of motion than any other joint in our body, but because it can perform so many movements, the shoulder is vulnerable to stress, injury, and arthritis. Arthritis is a major cause of shoulder pain.
Reverse Shoulder Replacement
Reverse shoulder replacement is an advanced newer surgical treatment that was approved by the FDA in 2004. A reverse shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure to replace a damaged shoulder joint with an artificial one. The new joint stabilizes the joint to allow pain-free movement and function.
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