Joint Replacement Surgery
Total joint replacement, or total joint arthroplasty, is considered one of the most important developments in the field of orthopaedics. The orthopaedic surgeons at East Ohio Orthopedics can perform this surgery to relieve pain and restore function to patients whose joints have deteriorated due to trauma or disease.
Joint replacement is considered as a treatment when the patient is suffering severe joint pain or dysfunction that is not alleviated by other treatments and therapies. Total joint replacement is usually reserved for patients who have severe conditions.
Common conditions leading to Joint Replacement Surgery:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Post-traumatic Arthritis
- Avascular Necrosis
- Paget's Disease
Typically, diagnosing joint injuries and disease will begin with a thorough medical history, physical examination, and usually X-rays. Additional tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan may be needed.
Specific tests or procedures may also be ordered to help confirm the diagnosis. These may include:
- Analysis of joint fluid
- Bone scan
Treatment options, prior to total joint replacement may include:
- Physical therapy
- Joint fluid supplement injections