What is Joint Replacement?
Orthopedics involves the muscles, bones, cartilage, ligaments, and surrounding tissues, which compose the various joints within our bodies. Dr. Burke’s services are aimed at improving the function of the limb in addition to eliminating pain to any of the joints. One form of treatment Dr. Burke Orthopedics offers is computer assisted joint replacement surgery or arthroplasty with the use of technology provided through OrthAlign® products. OrthAlign® provides visual navigation of a joint procedure, assisting the surgeon with live information in the palm of their hand to accurately perform specific joint replacement operations. This reconstructive surgery comes in two forms: total replacement and partial replacement. Both forms of arthroplasty have a single goal, which is to enhance the patient’s range-of-motion without painful symptoms. Dr. Burke may recommend total joint replacement when the specific joint is beyond the point of repair, but when the joint has some functionality, may suggest partial joint replacement as a better option.
Dr. Burke Orthopedics specializes in joint replacement of three of the largest and most complex joints, the hip, knee, and shoulder. Since patients require joint replacement surgery for numerous reasons, Dr. Burke will diagnose the joint with physical examinations as well as radiology scans before finalizing any treatment plans. Orthopedic education and procedures are advancing every day, so having the most up-to-date information and technology allows Dr. Burke Orthopedics to provide the most innovative treatments to our patients.
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Causes of Joint Replacement
You may need a joint replacement for the following reasons:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Symptoms of Joint Replacement
Patients who experience the following symptoms may need a joint replacement:
- Inability to perform simple tasks without help
- Pain that does not improve with non-surgical methods
- Bone scans showing advanced arthritis or progressed joint damage
Benefits of Joint Replacement
Joint replacement with the assistance of OrthAlign® can offer patients the following benefits:
- Pain relief
- Removal of diseased cartilage or bone
- Improved mobility
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Little to no scarring
Partial Joint Replacement
Patients may have the option for partial joint replacement during a specific time frame when dealing with an issue. Patients who visit Dr. Burke Orthopedics for an early diagnosis may have more treatment options available for their condition which can include partial joint replacement. The operation is minimally invasive surgery with minor incisions and little to no scarring. The portion of the joint with the most bone damage receives artificial surfaces with robotic assistance. Some orthopedic surgeons refer to this procedure as partial joint resurfacing due to the new surfaces that replace the former bones.
Dr. Burke Orthopedics performs the following forms of partial arthroplasty:
- Hip – Partial Replacement
- Knee – Partial Replacement
- Shoulder – Partial Replacement
Total Joint Replacement
After years of joint pain or even a sudden, yet severe injury, total joint replacement is a reconstructive surgery that Dr. Burke utilizes at his practices. This arthroplasty is much like a partial replacement procedure; however, the entire joint receives an artificial replacement. The most common reason for performing a total joint replacement is to relieve the pain and disability caused by chronic arthritis. With a new joint from Dr. Burke Orthopedics and physical therapy sessions, patients start to regain strength and mobility enabling them to return to a predominately normal, active lifestyle.
Patients can achieve pain relief even for the most devastating orthopedic conditions with the following procedures from Dr. Burke Orthopedics:
- Hip – Total Replacement
- Knee – Total Replacement
- Shoulder – Total Replacement