When arthritis in your joints becomes so bad that non-surgical treatments don’t work, joint replacement might be the solution you need. If you’re wondering if joint replacement surgery could be the answer to your chronic pain, visit the Health East Medical Alliance team. The practice has offices at Schuylerville in the Bronx, Morris Heights in the Bronx, Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, and Staten Island in New York, and Freehold, Englewood, and West New York in New Jersey. They offer cutting-edge joint replacement surgery for knees, hips, shoulders, and other joints. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
You might need joint replacement surgery if you damage a joint so severely that it can’t be repaired. This is most likely to happen in an auto accident. However, by far, the most common reason to have a joint replacement is advanced arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of this disease. It’s brought on by years of wear-and-tear on your joints that causes the protective layer of cartilage on the ends of your bones to gradually wear away. Without this protection, your joints become increasingly painful, stiff, and weak.
Health East Medical Alliance offers effective treatments that can keep you active for many years. These treatments include physical therapy, medication, and joint injections. However, your joints can still deteriorate to the point where these treatments no longer work for you.
If this is the case, joint replacement is a proven way to relieve joint pain and stiffness and restore your joint’s function.
Sometimes only one part of the joint is beyond saving, in which case you can have a partial joint replacement. Total joint replacement is used when all the bones that form the joint have broken down.
Specialized procedures like reverse total shoulder replacement, in which the Health East Medical Alliance team swaps the positions of the ball and socket that forms your shoulder joint, are also available. This option is best for patients with conditions like cuff tear arthropathy and shoulder instability brought on by repeated dislocations.
Hips and knees are the joints replaced most often, but any joints are now replaceable, including some of the small ones in your hands and feet.
The Health East Medical Alliance team does most joint replacement surgeries using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. An arthroscope is a flexible tube with a camera on its end that fits inside a small incision. Using the arthroscope, your provider can view the inside of your joint and complete the surgery without having to open up the joint.
Joint replacement surgery involves removing the damaged portions of the bones and reshaping them to form a suitable attachment for the artificial parts. New sockets can be held in place with bone cement or press-fitted into place. Ball-shaped parts might have spikes that fit inside your remaining bone to anchor them in place.
Following surgery, you’ll need physical therapy to help the joint heal and build up strength and flexibility.
If you think you need joint replacement surgery, call Health East Medical Alliance today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.