Orthopedic Surgery

In the past, most orthopedic surgical procedures required a large incision, 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. View our conditions and procedures video library here »

Joint Replacement

Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery

Common Procedures

Total Hip Replacement

When 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 diagnosis of your joint problem.

Revision of Total Hip Replacement: The major indications of a revision hip replacement are hip instability (dislocation), infections, component failure due to wear/tear and hip pain.

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Total Knee Replacement

When 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. Arthroscopic or microscopic surgery is not helpful once arthritis is advanced. Anti-inflammatory medications or cortisone injections rarely give the same long-term relief that knee replacement does.

Revision of Total Knee Replacement: Knee replacements occasionally require subsequent operations to correct problems related to polyethylene wear (plastic), infection, loosening of one or more of the components, ligament injury, fracture or kneecap (patella) 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.

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Total Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure in which all or part of the glenohumeral 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 (pre-operative) state.

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