Your joints are strong and resilient, but years of bearing the brunt of every move you make and the repetitive movements that many careers require may leave you with severely damaged joints. Daniel Fox, MD, FACS, and the other orthopedic surgeons at the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Toms River, New Jersey, have decades of experience in performing joint replacement surgeries, including minimally invasive procedures. If you need a joint replacement, call the center or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your surgical options for joint replacement.
A joint replacement is a surgical procedure where your orthopedic surgeon replaces your joint either in part or in total. The surgeons at the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine can replace nearly any joint in your body, although knees and hips are the most frequently replaced joints.
Whenever possible, the surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques to replace your joints. Your doctor uses specially designed surgical tools to perform the procedure through small incisions in around your joint, including a device that sends a video from inside your joint to a screen in the operating room.
Minimally invasive surgeries reduce your risk of complications such as infection as well as scarring. In most cases, patients recover from minimally invasive surgeries more quickly than traditional open operations.
When you’re considering joint replacement surgery, your surgeon provides a pre-surgical consultation to explain the procedure and answer your questions. They also measure your joint and create virtual images which are used to custom-make the prosthetics to replace the bones in your joint.
On the day of your procedure, your surgeon provides a general anesthetic so you can sleep comfortably throughout your procedure. When you’re unconscious, they make a few small incision around your joint.
The surgeon inserts the surgical tools and removes the damaged parts of your joint. Then they set your biocompatible joint parts in place, bonding them to your remaining bone and reattaching your tendons and ligaments.
Finally, the surgeon removes the surgical tools and closes your incisions with stitches or sutures.
If you have an open surgery, the procedure is similar, but your surgeon makes one large incision near your joint and can observe your body directly instead of using a video feed.
Following your surgery, you need a friend or family member to drive you home. Your surgeon advises whether you need to spend time recovering in the hospital.
Joint replacement procedures are major surgeries, and it will take time for you to get back to normal. Your surgeon provides customized aftercare advice and can prescribe medication and physical therapy to relieve any pain and help you rebuild strength and flexibility.
If you need joint replacement surgery, you can count on the Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Call the practice or make an appointment online today.