Total Joint Replacement
The Center for Bone and Joint Care is a leader in joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder. Our surgeons have created a total joint program at Day Kimball Hospital and participate regularly in the Total Joint Program at Windham Hospital. These programs have been recognized nationally by the Joint Commission for excellence in total joint replacement. Our expertise in this area enables us to help you improve your life dramatically.
A joint is formed by the ends of two or more bones that are connected by thick tissues. For example, your knee joint is formed by the lower leg bone, called the tibia or shinbone, and your thighbone, called the femur. Your hip is a ball and socket joint, formed by the upper end of the femur, the ball, and a part of the pelvis called the acetabulum, the socket.
The bone ends of a joint are covered with a smooth layer called cartilage. Normal cartilage allows nearly frictionless and pain-free movement. However, when the cartilage is damaged or diseased by arthritis, joints become stiff and painful. Every joint is enclosed by a fibrous tissue envelope or a capsule with a smooth tissue lining called the synovium. The synovium produces fluid that reduces friction and wear in a joint.
Our goal is to relieve the pain in the joint caused by the damage done to the cartilage. The pain may be so severe, a person will avoid using the joint, weakening the muscles around the joint and making it even more difficult to move the joint. A physical examination, possibly some laboratory tests and x-rays will show the extent of damage to the joint. Total joint replacement will be considered if other treatment options will not relieve your pain and disability.
At The Center for Bone and Joint Care we provide:
- Total Replacements for Knees, Hips and Shoulders.
- Revision surgery for previously implanted or worn out knee or hip prosthesis
- Less invasive surgery is used to reduce trauma to the muscle and shorten recovery and required rehabilitation
- The latest innovations in material and design including Stryker Triathlon Knee System.
- Injections for the knee to increase lubrication and decrease pain
- Pre-surgery education programs to inform you about your upcoming surgery