A New Start: Advanced Joint Replacement
If you’re experiencing knee or hip pain, relief can be found here at St. Vincent Charity. For many people, joint pain is an unwelcome part of the aging process. For others, it’s the result of injury or disease. But thanks to remarkable advances in joint care, real hope exists for ending your pain and getting you back into an active and healthy lifestyle.
Knee and hip pain is typically caused when the surfaces of the joint become damaged over time by arthritis, overuse, or injury. It is common for people to tolerate mild discomfort for years before the pain begins to interfere with normal activity. This is the time to consider additional options.
Joint replacement surgery is a proven procedure that has been performed for more than 40 years. Even so, we consider surgery only after more conservative treatments have not produced the desired levels of relief. Our master surgeons specialize in the most common procedures including partial and total replacements of the knee and hip, as well as advanced techniques using computer assisted or robotic surgery. Our surgeons draw upon years of experience established over thousands of procedures to successfully combine the latest techniques with tested traditional approaches.
WHEN TO SEEK HELP
For many people, joint pain becomes a constant presence as they age. When the pain becomes severe enough to limit activity or disrupt normal routines, it’s time to consider surgery. If your answer to any of the following questions is yes, it’s time to schedule an appointment with one of our master surgeons:
- Have you been seeing a doctor for joint pain and tried other treatments like pain relievers, physical therapy and weight loss with little relief?
- Is your pain getting worse over time?
- Have you stopped doing activities you love because of the pain?
- Are you having trouble performing basic daily functions like getting dressed, climbing stairs or driving?
- Does your pain keep you awake at night or wake you from your sleep?
- Has your doctor recommended you for joint replacement?
A consultation with a surgeon is just a first step to explore your options. We will help you understand if you are a candidate for non-surgical procedures. We’ll discuss partial vs. total replacement, minimally invasive procedures, and gender-specific considerations. While the decision is always yours, it’s worth noting that the vast majority of our joint replacement patients say they wish they had it done sooner.
TREATMENTS AT ST. VINCENT CHARITY
Treatment can range from conservative non-surgical measures to surgical intervention. Non-surgical treatment includes anti-inflammatory medications, joint injections, physical therapy, and individually designed home exercise programs. When conservative treatments are not successful, our master surgeons may recommend joint replacement surgery, including:
- Partial Knee Replacement (Uni-Compartmental Arthroplasty)
- Total Knee Replacement
- Total Hip Replacement
- Knee Implant Revision
- Hip Implant Revision
Computer-Assisted Orthopedic Surgery
Computer-assisted orthopedic surgery uses computer imaging to precisely align knee and hip implants. By reviewing 3D images during surgery, surgeons can adjust implants within a fraction of a degree to achieve precise placements and better outcomes. Because the alignment mimics an individual’s natural anatomy, less wear and tear occurs on the new joint.
Robotic Total Joint Surgery
St. Vincent Charity is only the second institution in the U.S. to use inter-operative robotics to more precisely repair and restore alignment of the knee joint. The robotic total knee minimizes the tools necessary for a total knee replacement and allows us to perform the procedure more accurately, quickly and more simply. This accelerates healing and recovery by requiring less time in the operating room and less soft tissue injury. As pioneers in the procedure, our master surgeons are training other surgeons across the country to bring the benefits of robotic joint surgery to more patients.
Tissue-Sparing Total Hip Replacement
Pioneered at St. Vincent Charity, Tissue Sparing Implant Arthroplasty, uses a smaller hip implant and incisions to bypass the large muscles surrounding the hip joint. As a result, our surgeons can reduce operating time, minimize soft tissue damage and significantly accelerate the recovery process.