Joint pain, inflammation, and immobility can be extremely limiting. Living with joint conditions or injuries can make it difficult to move, stay active, and complete ordinary daily tasks. For many people in this situation, joint replacement is a solution.
Joint implants have improved significantly since the first replacement was attempted more than 100 years ago. Modern implants are more durable, stable, and long-lasting than ever. The surgical procedures have improved, too, allowing many patients to undergo minimally invasive, robotic, or outpatient surgeries with shorter recovery times and fewer risks of complications.
EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region’s orthopedic surgeons lead the region in providing the most advanced and safest joint replacement procedures, including partial and total joint arthroplasty. Our board-certified orthopedists have special training in hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle procedures.
Who Can Benefit from Joint Replacement Surgery?
Whether or not joint replacement is right for you depends on several factors, like age, overall health, and symptoms. The best way to find out if you can benefit from surgery is to consult with a joint replacement surgeon.
In general, patients who might want to consider partial or total joint surgery have:
- Joint pain that continues during the day and night, and does not improve with rest
- Significant joint pain, stiffness, or swelling that has not improved with nonsurgical interventions
- Limited mobility due to joint symptoms
Conditions Treated With Partial or Total Joint Surgery
Pain is the primary symptom that brings patients to a joint specialist. Pain and other symptoms limit mobility and activities, reducing the quality of life. Several conditions and injuries can cause these symptoms, most commonly osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the deterioration of tissues in joints that occurs naturally with age but also as a result of some injuries or bone deformities. Other conditions that joint replacement can treat include:
- Other types of arthritis, including rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis
- Joint injuries and fractures
- Joint abnormalities
Types of Joint Replacements
Joint replacements can be partial or total. During a partial replacement, the surgeon removes diseased or damaged tissue and inserts synthetic components as needed. For a full surgical procedure, the surgeon removes the entire joint and replaces it with an artificial joint. Other types of joint replacement offered at EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region include:
- Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
- Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
- Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
- Partial Knee Replacement
- Shoulder Replacement
- Ankle Replacement
- Wrist Replacement
- Elbow Replacement
- Finger Joint Replacement
- Outpatient Joint Replacement
- Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement
- Primary and Revision Joint replacement
- Computer-Assisted Joint Replacement
- Robotic-Assisted Joint Replacement
- Total Shoulder Replacement
- Reverse Shoulder Replacement
EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region is pleased to offer patients MAKOplasty surgery for joint replacement, as well as robotic-assisted surgery with the CORI system. MAKOplasty is a robotic surgical system that provides advanced technology to improve patient safety and outcomes. The system creates 3D images from CT scans so that the surgeon can make a more individualized surgical plan for each patient. With MAKOplasty, surgeons can fit artificial joints more precisely.
With the CORI robotics system, the same technology to assist in accurate and individualized surgical plans is used. The difference is that all this information is collected during surgery and does not require a CT scan before surgery.
Whenever possible, our surgeons use minimally invasive procedures to treat joint conditions. With smaller incisions and less tissue damage, this type of surgery leaves patients with less pain, fewer complications, and a shorter recovery time.
Bone and joint surgery can be a solution to pain and poor mobility for many patients. When pain and swelling in your joints begin to limit your quality of life and other treatments have not helped, consider joint replacement surgery.
It is a big decision, but at EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region, you are in the best possible hands. When you are ready to consider all the solutions to your joint symptoms, give us a call at (919) 220-5255 or request an appointment online.