Joint Replacement Services

Joint problems such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and past injuries can cause the bone and cartilage in the joint to wear. Joint pain is a common result. If non-surgical treatments have failed, joint replacement surgery may be an option to relieve your pain.

Joint Replacement Team

Premier Health’s team of specialists will evaluate you carefully and explore treatment options to reduce or eliminate your pain. If you need a joint replacement, you can trust us to provide the surgical care and rehabilitation you need to quickly return to normal life.

Every member of our orthopedic joint team is important to your care and has received special training that prepares them to provide you with quality care. We are experienced at performing procedures for even the most complex disorders. Our skilled surgeons use advanced technology and techniques, aiming for:

  • Excellent surgical outcomes
  • No complications
  • Brief as possible hospital stay 

Your orthopedic navigator is a registered nurse who specializes in orthopedic nursing care. Your navigator is the person you or your family will contact with questions about each step of your journey. Your navigator will:

  • Keep you and your family member informed about what to expect
  • Coordinate your care among all members of your care team

Knee Replacement

The knee joint is one of the most complicated joints in the body and most prone to injury. Replacement is often a result of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other diseases or injury.

A total knee replacement, or total knee arthroplasty involves removing diseased portions of the knee joint to shape the bones to accommodate the knee implant.

Knees do not wear evenly. Sometimes one part of the knee is fine while another part is destroyed. Depending on the location of the damage, a partial knee replacement may be a surgical option. A partial knee replacement involves only the worn-out portion of the knee.

Hip Replacement

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. Hip pain is a common complaint, often caused by arthritis or injury and a deterioration of the cartilage.

In a total hip replacement surgery or hip arthroplasty your thigh bone (femur) and your sockets are replaced with artificial materials.

The design of the artificial hip offers you renewed stability and function. Hip replacements can help reduce or relieve pain, help your hip to work better, and restore normal walking and other movements.

The surgical technique depends on your condition and your surgeon. The different approaches include:

  • Anterior approach, where the incision is made at the front of your hip
  • Posterior approach, where the incision is made on the side of your hip or leg
  • Direct lateral approach, where the incision is made on the side of the hip or leg using a procedure similar to the anterior approach

Shoulder Replacement

The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint. It includes the rotator cuff, which is essential for range of motion.

If your shoulder socket is healthy and shows no signs of arthritis, your doctor may recommend a partial shoulder replacement to relieve your pain. In this procedure only the ball of the shoulder joint is replaced, so there’s less bone removal requiring a smaller incision than with a total shoulder replacement.

Total shoulder replacement removes the diseased and damaged bone in your shoulder. It is replaced with an artificial shoulder including a plastic cup, which is fitted into the shoulder socket, and a metal ball attached to the top of the upper arm bone. 

In some instances, a reverse total shoulder replacement is best. This approach may be recommended if you have a deficient rotator cuff, arthritis, or complex fractures. This approach changes the orientation of the shoulder so that your normal socket is replaced with an artificial ball, and your normal ball is replaced with a socket into which the artificial ball rests.

Revision Surgery

Because most artificial joints last about 10 to 15 years, you may eventually need joint revision surgery to replace your artificial joint with a new one. Reasons for revision surgery include:

  • Implant becomes loose due to long-term wear
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Infection

The most common symptoms of a joint that may need replacing are pain and reduced range of motion. An X-ray can confirm your need for revision surgery. Your surgeon will only recommend revision surgery if non-surgical methods do not effectively resolve your symptoms.

Joint Replacement Classes to Prepare You

Outcomes of joint replacement surgery have been shown to be more successful when patients and their family or support person is fully prepared. That’s why we require those requiring a knee replacement or hip replacement to take our joint replacement class. You’ll learn what to expect and how to prepare. The class will be taught by your orthopedic navigator, who will guide you before and after surgery, and call you once you leave the hospital.

2020 Preoperative MVH Joint Classes

Rehabilitative Care Following Surgery

Following your surgery, home health care services provide you with evidence-based, quality therapy. The services these companies provide may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nursing care. Their goal is to help you rehabilitate effectively so that you can quickly get back to your day-to-day routine.

Fidelity Health Care is a home health care service that routinely cares for Premier Health joint replacement patients. In-home visits from nurses and therapistswill help you manage your pain and regain your strength, balance, and mobility, including:

  • Getting in and out of bed
  • Walking safely
  • Climbing stairs
  • Using the bathroom

Contact Us

Our specialists are ready to help you get back to the things that matter most in your life. Find a provider near you, call CareFinders at (866) 608-FIND(866) 608-FIND, or consult our list of related practices.

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