Our specialty-trained joint doctors at our Joint Replacement Center of Excellence at Tri-County Orthopedics are recognized and respected experts in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries and conditions that affect the joints.
Joint replacement surgery, or an arthroplasty procedure, can be performed on nearly all large joints in the body, including the hip, knee, and shoulder. The most common joint replacement procedures are knee replacements and hip replacements because large joints are often affected by degenerative joint diseases, such as arthritis and osteoarthritis.
During joint replacement surgery, the damaged or affected joint is removed and replaced with an artificial implant or prosthesis. While most joint replacement surgeries are considered inpatient and require a short stay in the hospital, there are techniques that can be performed in an outpatient setting that allows for the patient to return home the same day. However, determining which procedure and technique is best for you will be up to you and your surgeon, and your recovery and outcome will be highly dependent on your commitment to postsurgical rehabilitation and may include physical therapy.
Patients who suffer from prolonged and ongoing joint pain may first visit their primary care physician's office, though a referral is often made to an orthopedic surgeon, who is a medical doctor trained to treat injuries and conditions of the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the entire body. For instances where a joint replacement procedure is recommended, an orthopedist who has undergone additional training through a fellowship, like adult reconstruction, is referred to for treatment options—they are also known as joint replacement specialists.
If you've been suffering from ongoing joint pain, it may be time to visit a joint replacement doctor at Tri-County Orthopedics.