At Beacon Health System, our orthopedic teams excel in joint replacement surgery. If you have severe joint pain and restricted motion, we can help. Your doctors can help you decide whether joint replacement surgery is the right choice for you.
What is Joint Replacement Surgery?
A joint is where two or more bones meet, such as at your knee, hip or shoulder. Joint replacement surgery repairs and replaces painful, damaged joints and other tissue. The surgeon puts in a partial or whole new joint, plus other materials for strength and support.
Your new joint may be made of metal, plastic or other durable materials, or a combination of materials. Depending on your condition, your doctor may cement the new joint in place. A cemented joint is an option for people who are less active or have weaker bones. An uncemented joint – which allows the bones to fuse together in time – is another option. It's often a good choice for younger or more active people and those whose bones are sturdy.
Types of Treatment
Before discussing treatments for bone and joint conditions, your doctor will evaluate your health and perform various tests. He or she may try nonsurgical therapies before considering surgical options to fix or replace an injured joint. Beacon's orthopedic specialists perform many types of joint procedures. In addition to traditional surgery, we also use minimally invasive techniques. These involve inserting a thin, flexible tube called a catheter and microscopic devices to view and treat a damaged joint.
Other less invasive approaches include anterior (front) hip surgery. This provides more direct access to the hip than other approaches, such as those from the back. It can help limit discomfort and speed healing. Your surgeon will discuss the best approach for you.
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South Bend, IN 46601