Primary Total Joint Replacement Surgery – to revise severely damaged hips, knees and shoulders – is a highly effective approach to eliminating intractable pain and debilitating stiffness, correcting deformities, restoring mobility and function, and improving the ability to perform activities of daily living. It is generally used after all other treatments, including medication and physical therapy, fail.
Designed to replace destroyed cartilage and associated bone loss, the procedures involve resurfacing the damaged area and implanting an artificial joint made of titanium, cobalt chrome, ceramic or other synthetic substances.
A leader in total joint replacements, Winthrop Orthopaedic Associates provides expert evaluations and diagnoses followed by advanced joint replacement and bone grafting procedures. Using the latest technologies and techniques – including minimally invasive procedures, as well as joint resurfacing, when appropriate – implants are customized based upon the patient’s size, gender, and activity level.
Revision Total Joint Replacement Surgery: involves replacing a previously implanted artificial joint with a new prosthesis. Revision surgery is indicated when the original implant is damaged over time due to normal wear and tear, becomes loose or dislocated, or is injured due to fracture or infection. Surgery is performed only after more conservative measures, including medication and lifestyle changes, fail to relieve pain and restore mobility.
A much longer and complicated procedure than primary joint replacement, revision surgery is carefully considered and planned. The need for this highly specialized surgery depends upon the patient’s age, overall health, bone condition, type of prosthesis originally used and how it was affixed.
Primary & revision total join replacement techniques include: