Joint Replacement Surgery
At Providence, your team of highly experienced joint-care experts will help find your best path forward, whether that involves advanced pain-management therapies or leading-edge joint replacement technologies. When surgery is your best option, our board-certified surgeons employ the least-invasive techniques to minimize pain and help speed your recovery. From pre-surgery classes to post-surgery rehabilitation, every member of your team is attentive to your comfort and dedicated to your success.
Let’s talk about the best options for you because life is better in motion!
Providence performs thousands of joint replacement surgeries every year, including:
- Total and partial knee replacement
- Total hip replacement
- Total shoulder and reverse total shoulder replacement
- Total ankle replacement
- Joint revision procedures
With today’s advanced surgical techniques and technologies, even the most painful and damaged joints can be replaced easily. After surgery, our patients often resume activities that they once thought would be impossible.
Partial joint replacement
In partial joint replacement surgery, the damaged ends of the bones and cartilage are replaced with implants that are shaped to restore more natural joint movement and function.
Total joint replacement
In total joint replacement, an orthopedic surgeon removes the damaged bone while preserving healthy parts of the bone, ligaments and muscle. The damaged bone is replaced with a highly polished prosthesis (artificial joint), which prevents the bones from rubbing together, creating a smooth joint.
The right combination of conservative therapies can help preserve joint function and relieve pain for many people. Providence offers:
- Oral and topical medications
- Pain-relieving injections
- Hot and cold therapy
- Therapeutic exercise programs
- Physical therapy
- Guidance on diet changes and nutritional supplements
Minimally invasive joint replacement surgery can accomplish everything that a traditional replacement surgery does, but through smaller incisions. This kind of surgery promotes better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction. The advantages of minimally invasive procedures include:
- Smaller incisions and scars, usually about 3-5 inches long (traditional incision is 12 inches)
- Less blood loss during surgery
- Less postoperative pain
- Less damage to soft tissues, such as muscles and tendons
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recovery – many patients are walking with assistance the day of surgery and leave the hospital the same day
- Faster rehabilitation – many can return to their normal daily activities within four to six weeks
Your surgeon will assess you to determine whether a minimally invasive surgery is appropriate for you.