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Total joint replacement for knees & hips

If your doctor suggests joint replacement surgery as a treatment for an injury to or rheumatoic arthritis of the hip or knee, you may feel a little scared and unsure about what’s likely to happen to you. Relax. Getting the right information and knowing your options can help you approach your impending treatment with a calm, unstressed state of mind.

Knee replacement surgery

When knee pain from rheumatoid arthritis or trauma becomes disabling and other treatments fail, knee replacement surgery becomes a reasonable treatment option. Knee joints can either be totally or partially replaced depending on age, condition and the specific problem or injury.

A total knee replacement is done when the cartilage covering the bones in the knee joint (thigh bone, shin bone and kneecap) has worn away. This creates abnormal friction and causes pain, instability, giving way, swelling and limited movement. The most common reason for this degenerative process is osteoarthritis.

Sometimes, total knee replacement surgery is unnecessary. For some patients, a partial, or unicompartmental, knee replacement surgery is recommended. Our physicians and staff will gladly explain your treatment options and answer all your questions about each procedure. Feel free to call upon us when you have a question or concern.

Hip replacement surgery

Hip dysfunction can be caused by traumatic injuries, diseases, poor blood supply and even genetics. When a hip injury or rheumatoid arthritis of the hip joints impedes your ability to walk, hip replacement surgery may be necessary. We are highly trained and experienced in treating conditions of the hip and total hip replacement surgery.

A total hip replacement is done when the cartilage covering the surface of the bones and joint is worn away and bone rubs against bone. This abnormal friction causes pain and limits motion. The most common reason for this is osteoarthritis. The main goals of surgery are to reduce and/or eliminate pain and restore movement by improving the function of the hip joint.

Feel free to call Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine from Live Oak, Stone Oak, Universal City, Schertz and San Antonio at 210.477.5151 when you have a question about total joint replacement. You can also use our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your appointment with one of our doctors.

Testimonials

“It’s been a year since Mom’s surgery, and I wanted to send some pictures to show you how great she’s doing. In October, she went to Ft. Walton Beach, FL , with my brother and sister-in-law. She truly enjoyed herself. In December, she and I flew to Seattle, WA, to visit our cousins.

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