Choosing a Total Joint Replacement Surgeon

Over time the joints of the body experience wear and tear. Sometimes joint degeneration can be impacted and exacerbated by arthritis. In other instances damaged joints are the result of another type of orthopedic condition. If a compromised joint doesn’t respond to conservative treatment or the damage is simply too severe, an orthopedic physician may recommend total joint replacement surgery. 

A total joint replacement often helps restore mobility and returns patients to the active lifestyle to which they are accustomed. If your next step toward overcoming pain and discomfort is a total joint replacement, who can you trust to perform the procedure?

At EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region, our board certified, fellowship-trained surgeons are known for their sophisticated, cutting-edge techniques and approaches. Continue reading to learn even more reasons why patients choose EmergeOrtho for total joint replacements

What are the Most Common Types of Total Joint Replacements?

According to studies, joint replacement procedures occur frequently in the United States. In one year, there were a reported record total of one million total hip and total knee replacement surgeries. 

One of the reasons for the high number of total joint replacements has to do with surgical outcomes. Severe damaged joints may not respond to conservative methods of treatment or address uncomfortable symptoms. Many total joint replacement surgery recipients find that their pain is reduced or eliminated and their mobility is greatly improved. 

In addition to total hip joint replacement surgery and total knee joint replacement, surgery can also be performed on joints of the:

  • Shoulders
  • Fingers
  • Ankles
  • Elbows

If a consultation and examination with an orthopedic doctor confirms the need for total joint replacement, the next step is choosing a surgeon. 

Five Qualities That Make for the Best Total Joint Replacement Surgeon

When choosing a surgeon to replace the hip, knee, or other damaged joints there are several things you should consider. At EmergeOrtho, experience, education, innovation, and compassionate care are simply a few of the priorities exemplified by our surgeons. Take a look at five reasons why patients choose EmergeOrtho for total joint replacements:

  1. Comprehensive Fellowship Training
    A fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon is required to complete a minimum of thirteen years of education. Specialty training in a specific area of orthopedic surgery is an additional requirement. When under the care of an EmergeOrtho fellowship-trained physician or surgeon, you benefit from sub-specialty focussed knowledge and experience. 
  2. A middle-aged male patient receives a knee exam from an orthopedic surgeon; an image of a knee-replacement is on a computer.Advanced Joint Replacement Techniques
    In the case of fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in joint replacements, EmergeOrtho surgeons have been trained and practiced in the most innovative, evidence-based surgical and treatment techniques for best outcomes.  For example, many of our surgeons perform what is referred to as the “muscle sparing” direct anterior approach for total hip replacements, as well as other minimally-invasive techniques. This approach involves making an incision on the front of the hip to permit the joint to be replaced by moving muscles aside (along their natural tissue planes), without detaching the tendons. Many of these advanced and innovative surgical approaches allow patients reduced recovery time after surgery, fewer complications, and improved overall outcomes.
  3. Strong Medical Society Affiliations
    The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Orthopedic Trauma Association, American Medical Association are all renowned orthopedic industry organizations that encourage continuing education and support for orthopedic doctors and surgeons. Collectively, our Triangle Region surgeons belong to these professional affiliates and more. 
  4. Committed to Patients, and Community
    EmergeOrtho joint replacement specialists are experts in their field. They also hold a deep commitment to giving back to local communities. In addition to living within the community for which they practice, our physicians and surgeons are recognized for authoring pier review publications, using their knowledge as authoritative event speakers, and sharing their overall experience and skill-sets within the Triangle Region and across the nation. 
  5. Approachable and Relatable
    When they are not performing total joint replacements, our EmergeOrtho-Triangle Region doctors can be found running, cycling, swimming, golfing, and participating in a number of other sports-related activities. Living an active lifestyle is something for which our EmergeOrtho patients truly respect, relate to and appreciate when it comes to our doctors. At EmergeOrtho, we understand the importance of helping patients Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better—to help return them to what they love doing most. 

If you are in need of a joint replacement procedure, or suspect that you may require surgery, schedule a consultation now. Or, call us any time at 919-220-5255