Total Joint Replacement
As we age, arthritis and other degenerative conditions can cause a great deal of pain in your joints. The pain can become disabling, holding you back from the activities you enjoy. Even walking or raising your arm can be painful.
As one of the leading centers for joint replacement in the southwestern United States, Tucson Orthopaedic Institute's joint replacement surgeons help thousands of people each year return to active lifestyles. But surgery is not usually the first approach.
Tucson Orthopaedic surgeons begin with conservative management, prescribing medication, physical therapy, or improved nutrition, to manage pain and attempt to slow the wearing away of the joint's cushion. When this approach is no longer effective, joint replacement surgery may be recommended. As with all surgery, there are risks to consider.
New surgical techniques using smaller incisions can offer shorter hospital stays and recovery periods. The physicians at Tucson Orthopaedic are on the forefront of these advances. However, no one technique is right for everyone. At Tucson Orthopaedic Institute, a careful examination and consultation always precedes any recommendation. We do joint replacement for all extremities.
Common joint replacement procedures include:
Anterior Hip Replacement
A lot has happened since the first hip replacements 20 years ago. Refined surgical techniques, improved materials, and a better understanding of how joints work have led to advances in joint replacements, which are now available for hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, and finger joints. At Tucson Ortho, hip replacement surgery can be accomplished with two approaches – anterior (the new method) or posterior (the traditional method).
Anterior hip replacement is a minimally invasive technique that will benefit you in several ways, including smaller incisions, reduced from the traditional 8 inches to just under 4 inches. As a result, you heal more quickly and experience less pain. Learn more about anterior hip replacement in this video of Dr. Edward Petrow.
You can view more videos about hip replacement on our YouTube channel.
MAKOPlasty Partial Knee Replacement
As part of our commitment to advanced orthopedic techniques, Tucson Orthopaedic Institute is proud to offer MAKOPlasty – the latest advancement in partial knee replacement surgery. A high definition, 3D image of your knee is displayed on a computer, which the surgeon views and uses a robotic arm to perform the surgery. The accuracy is unprecedented.
MAKOPlasty is performed by Dr. Kevin Bowers, a specially trained knee surgeon, at Oro Valley Hospital. Want to know if you’re a candidate for robotic knee surgery? Contact Tucson Ortho at our Oro Valley office at (520) 544-9700.
For more information on any joint replacement procedure or to arrange a consultation with a joint replacement surgeon at Tucson Orthopaedic Institute, please call one of our three southwestern Arizona offices.