The Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic board certified, fellowship trained total joint replacement surgeons bring together many years of experience to manage and treat joint complications resulting from degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis, musculoskeletal disease or joint trauma.
Each year in the United States, more than 400,000 total hip and knee replacement procedures are performed. The Raleigh Orthopaedic total joint surgeons, Dr. Albright, Dr. Chiavetta, Dr. Eskildsen, Dr. McNabb, Dr. Vaughn, Dr. Watters and Dr. Wyker collectively perform nearly 2,000 joint replacements annually.
When nonsurgical treatments have failed, joint replacement surgery may eliminate joint pain and restore range of motion.
Joint Replacement Procedures
The most common cause of chronic hip pain is arthritis. Total hip replacement surgery involves removing the diseased portion of the hip joint. An artificial hip, known as a prosthesis, replaces it. Our total joint specialists work closely with our patients to utilize all non-operative treatments prior to discussing total hip replacement surgery.
The most common cause of chronic knee pain is arthritis. Total knee replacement surgery involves removing the diseased portion of the knee joint and resurfacing the ends of the bones with a new prosthesis. Our total joint specialists work closely with our patients to utilize all non-operative treatments prior to discussing total knee replacement surgery.
Partial Knee Replacement
In partial knee replacement, also known as unicompartmental knee replacement, only a portion of the knee is resurfaced. There are three compartments in a knee joint: a medial and lateral compartment between the ends of the thigh (femur) and shin (tibia) bones and the third compartment behind the kneecap. This procedure is an alternative to total knee replacement for patients who only have one of the compartments in the knee joint affected by arthritis. Our total joint specialists can resurface in just that one compartment, leaving the other two healthy compartments alone.
Are you ready for joint replacement?
Below is a list of few questions the Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic joint replacement surgeons recommend asking yourself to help you determine if you are ready for a joint replacement:
- Do you hurt every day of the week?
- Is the non-operative treatment no longer effective?
- Are you willing to commit to work hard during rehabilitation for a successful recovery?
- Is your pain in charge of your life?
Signs you need a joint replacement include:
- Joint pain during activity
- Delayed joint pain after activity
- Pain that interrupts sleep
- Stiffness in your joint that makes it difficult to sit for long periods of time
- Inflammation and swelling in your joint
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with a Raleigh Orthopaedic joint replacement surgeon.