New Knees, Happy Hips
Modern joint replacement techniques provide major benefits. Like most people who’ve had a hip or knee replacement—which replaces an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial implant—many patients will tell you that they feel more mobile than they have in years. Learn about some of the latest advancements.
Some of the latest advances include:
Computer-guided surgery. Among the most recent innovations in joint replacement, this technology will continue to evolve over the next 10 years. Sensors are hooked into the patient’s bones, and a computer assists with navigation so the surgeon can place the implant with greater accuracy and precision.
Minimally invasive techniques. Both knee and hip replacements can be performed today in a way that involves much-smaller incisions—as well as less muscle injury and soft tissue damage—than in the past. Learn more about minimally invasive knee and hip replacement at gwinnettjointprogram.com.
Partial knee replacements. This procedure isn’t exactly new but has been making a comeback in recent years when coupled with other improvements in joint replacement. In addition to a smaller incision, partial knee replacements take about half the healing time as total knee replacements, which require two or three months for a full recovery. Bu this may be the best option for those who have suffered a severe injury or painful arthritis.
Material upgrades. Many of the advances in joint replacement result from the materials used to create the artificial joints. For example, hip replacements can be performed using components made of metal, ceramic or high-tech plastic, all of which can last 20 years or more.
Better fit. The companies that manufacture hip and knee replacement components today offer a broad range of sizes and shapes that fit almost anyone, which wasn’t always the case. Many women used to experience discomfort after knee replacement surgery—but now don’t—because standard components often were slightly too big and hung off the bone a bit, causing pain.
Better pain management and physical therapy. Newer pain treatment options, such as nerve blocks, can help decrease the perception of pain—helping patients participate more actively in the rehabilitation needed for a complete recovery. More aggressive physical therapy also helps patients get back to regular activities, even exercise, much sooner than in the past.
If you or someone you know is suffering from joint pain, then joint replacement, be it total or partial may be an option. GMC offers ConforMIS implants which have a unique advantage: they’re personalized.
The ConforMIS approach gives you notably more bone preservation than traditional variations so you’re able to preserve your knee for possible future treatment options. You may also experience faster recovery time and reduced post-operative pain.
To learn more about your options, visit gwinnettjointprogram.com.