In the past, most orthopedic surgical procedures required large incisions, lengthy hospital stays and weeks of recovery. Today, the use of small viewing scopes and much smaller surgical instruments have transformed the way that many surgical procedures are performed, particularly joint replacement surgery. For more information on specific orthopedic conditions and procedures, please visit our orthopedic video library.

Pre-operative classes are held every other Monday. For class registration, please contact Consult-A-Nurse at (843) 692-4444.

Preparing for joint replacement surgery

Our pre-operative class prepares patients for joint replacement surgery. The class is open to patients who are scheduled for joint replacement surgery through Grand Strand Medical Center.

The pre-operative class prepares patients for what to expect during their hospital stay, including topics of pain control, safety, comfort, expected progression of activity and hints on how to make the best post-operative progress.

Joint replacement procedures

Total hip replacement

photo of hipWhen cartilage in the hip joint wears away with age, surgeons can restore range of motion and eliminate joint pain with metal or plastic covering for raw, arthritic bone ends. Hip replacement surgery is only recommended after careful consideration and diagnosis of your joint problem.

Revision of total hip replacement
Signs that a hip replacement should be revised include hip instability, dislocation, infections, component failure due to wear/tear and hip pain.

Total knee replacement

photo of kneeWhen cartilage has worn away over the years, leaving an arthritic knee joint, surgeons can use plastic or metal covering to restore range of motion, help eliminate pain and allow the patient to move easily with less discomfort. Knee replacement is only recommended after careful diagnosis of the joint problem.

Revision of total knee replacement
Knee replacements occasionally require subsequent operations to correct problems related to plastic wear, infection, loosening of one or more of the components, ligament injury, fracture or kneecap dislocation.

Unicompartmental knee replacement
Less invasive than a full knee replacement, this operation replaces only the portions of the joint most damaged by arthritis. This can have significant advantages, especially in younger patients who may require a second artificial knee replacement as the first one begins to wear out.

Total shoulder replacement

photo of shoulderShoulder replacement is a surgical procedure in which all or part of the shoulder joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. Shoulder replacement can relieve arthritis pain or repair severe physical joint damage.

Partial (hemi) shoulder replacement
Hemiarthroplasty is a surgical procedure which replaces one half of the joint with an artificial surface and leaves the other part in its natural state.