Do you suffer from debilitating arthritis in your hips, knees, or shoulders? As the cartilage that lines the joints wears away, the pain and disability that accompanies this degenerative process can become unbearable.
Joint replacement surgery, also called arthroplasty, involves removing the damaged portion of the hip, knee, or shoulder and replacing it with an artificial joint that allows for pain-free movement.
When it’s time for joint replacement surgery, the board-certified surgeons at Watauga Orthopaedics are experts in shoulder, hip, and knee joint replacement surgery.
Unlike traditional total hip replacement, joint resurfacing does not remove the bones in the joint, but instead resurfaces the bone with smooth metal. Hip resurfacing conserves bone and is a less-invasive procedure than total joint replacement.
Our doctors may perform a partial knee replacement for patients who have arthritis on only one surface of the knee. In this procedure, only the damaged surface of the knee joint is replaced, rather than the entire joint, which minimizes trauma to healthy bone and tissue.
The type of shoulder replacement you need will depend on the diagnosis. Those who do not have damage to the rotator cuff tendons will typically have a traditional total shoulder replacement.
If you have severe rotator cuff damage that cannot be repaired, you will likely need a reverse shoulder replacement. This allows the deltoid muscle, instead of the damaged rotator cuff tendons and surrounding muscles, to raise the arm.
Don’t let joint pain hold you back from what you love to do! With appropriate and timely treatment, follow up after surgery, and a total rehabilitation program, we can help you reclaim your active lifestyle. To schedule an appointment in Johnson City or Kingsport, log in to our patient portal or call (423) 282-9011.