Joint Replacement

Joint Replacement2018-11-06T11:44:26+00:00

Joint Replacement

Do you think that a joint replacement will keep you sidelined for a long period of time? Or, do you think you’re too old for a joint replacement? Think again! Thousands of people have ankle, hip, knee or shoulder replacements every year and most are surprised by how quickly they can get back to normal activities.

Age is only a number when it comes to joint replacement. In fact, age is seldom a determining factor for joint replacement candidates. People in their 80s and 90s regularly get joint replacements with excellent outcomes.

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Ankle replacement, also known as total ankle arthroplasty (TAA), is a surgical procedure used to treat ankle arthritis. Arthritis in the ankle is usually the result of aging or injury. Ankle surgery will help to relieve pain and restore function.

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The most common cause for damage to the hip, other than physical damage caused by an accident, is arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is sometimes referred to as “wear-and-tear” arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joints gradually wears away and becomes a frayed, rough surface. This makes joint motion along this exposed surface painful.

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Knee injuries come in all circumstances. Sports activities can put tremendous pressure on knee joints, however an awkward twist of the knee while climbing stairs can also tear meniscus cartilage.  Any discomfort in knee joints should be seen to immediately as prolonging treatment could accelerate arthritis in a patient.

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Shoulder pain can be debilitating and often severe.  It’s best to immediately consult with our shoulder specialist about  exercises or even surgery to cure this sensitive joint. From injuries that dislocate joints to more complex rotator cuff surgeries, we will talk you through every possible process and evaluate the possible outcomes.

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Total shoulder replacement is a common procedure that is performed on thousands of people every year. However, for patients who have large rotator cuff tears who have developed a complex type of shoulder arthritis called “cuff tear arthropathy” reverse total shoulder replacement may be a better option.

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