Hip And Knee Replacement Specialist

Austin Shoulder Institute -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Austin Shoulder Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Shoulder Specialists: serving in Austin, Cedar Park and Round Rock, TX

Dr. Graham and Dr. Szerlip are leaders in state-of-the-art hip and knee replacement procedures and techniques, helping patients in North Austin, Texas, and the surrounding areas of Round Rock and Cedar Park relieve painful symptoms and restore normal range of motion for improved quality of life.

Hip and Knee Replacement

How can I tell if I need to have hip or knee replacement surgery?

Hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed when more conservative approaches to care, including medication and physical therapy, have been unsuccessful in reducing pain or improving or maintaining range of motion, strength and flexibility in the joint. Most patients who need hip or knee replacement surgery have joints that have been damaged as a result of trauma such as a car accident, slip and fall or sports injury, or as a result of degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis. Joint replacement surgery is performed only after a comprehensive evaluation and an exploration of alternative solutions when available. Most people who require joint replacement surgery have significant pain in the joint, especially during motion or weight-bearing activities, as well as weakness and instability in the joint and decreased range of motion.

What is partial knee replacement?

Partial knee replacement is a type of knee surgery that replaces only specific portions of the joint, such as the upper portion of the tibia (shin bone) or the lower portion of the femur (thigh bone). Some surgeries may replace a portion of the kneecap as well. Unlike full knee replacement, partial knee replacement leaves major portions of the joint unaffected. It can be an excellent option for people with damage that is restricted to specific portions of the joint.

What happens during surgery to replace the hip or the knee?

Joint replacement is major surgery, so you will be anesthetized during the procedure. Depending on the extent of the joint damage and other factors, joint replacement may be performed arthroscopically, through several small incisions, or using an open surgical technique with one large incision. Damaged joint components will be removed and replaced with artificial components that are attached to healthy bone. Most joint replacement procedures take several hours to complete.

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