Our Approach To Total Joint Replacement
While total joint replacement is part of our daily life, we realize that this is a very significant experience for the individual patient. Our goal is to make this time as pleasant and as safe as possible for every patient.
To prolong the lifespan of the arthritic joint, we are happy to work with our patients non-operatively using a variety of modalities. Non-operative options may include: activity modification, weight loss, assistive devices, bracing, physical therapy, topical medications, oral medications, cortisone injections and hyaluronic acid injections (lubrication injections).
When a joint replacement becomes necessary, we will help you understand how the prosthesis will function and what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
We use the most modern, FDA approved prosthetic devices, and the most advanced bearing surfaces available.
You may choose to undergo computerized planning (Visionaire) before surgery to help ensure a precisely aligned total knee replacement. This process creates customized alignment tools based off of an MRI, which are designed to correct your standing mechanical axis to normal and balance the forces across your knee.
Our patients’ care is in the hands of a dedicated orthopaedic team in the operating room and on the hospital floor.
Joint Replacement patients have private rooms while at the hospital.
We provide special trapeze frames on motorized beds to assist with positioning and comfort after surgery. Continuous passive motion machines and cooling machines may be utilized as well.
We take pain control very seriously. Regional anesthesia is used whenever possible. After surgery we use several different classes of medications to make this time as pleasant as it can be. A long-acting narcotic medication and a long-acting anti-inflammatory medication are often used on a standing basis to minimize “peaks and valleys” in pain control. Additional medications will be available to you if needed.
We are proud of our joint replacement program and are happy to discuss additional details with you in person. To schedule an appointment please call 518-828-7644.