Carroll Hospital Center and its orthopaedists offer some of the most advanced joint replacement procedures available for hips, knees and shoulders, often using minimally invasive techniques. Our comprehensive approach helps you select the procedure that’s right for you and guides you through the entire process, with a focus on a rapid recovery and a return to a more enjoyable, active life.
- Our joint replacement program begins with pre-operative education classes to help you know just what to expect.
- Our discharge planning starts before your surgery, to make sure you and your family will have the support and resources you need during your recovery.
- Our minimally invasive procedures help you get back on your feet more quickly, when appropriate for your problem.
- We understand that controlling pain is a key part of your successful recovery.
- Our specialized “team management” approach includes intra-articular pain medications (ones injected directly into the joint) in the recovery room to manage the pain before it can become unbearable.
Our joint replacement procedures include:
- Total Hip Replacement — patients with severe hip arthritis or other debilitating conditions of the hip may benefit from replacing the damaged ball and socket of their hip with a prosthesis. Our orthopaedists perform both “open” (traditional) hip replacement that uses a large incision and minimally invasive hip replacement.
- Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement — patients who meet the criteria for this procedure can benefit from considerably smaller incisions, faster recovery time, less pain and less potential scarring. Ask your doctor if this procedure is appropriate for you.
- Knee Replacement — this procedure may be appropriate when the cartilage in your knee joint wears away due to problems such as osteoarthritis (wear and tear of one or more joints due to aging or heavy use), rheumatoid arthritis (a systemic condition that inflames the synovial fluid of joints throughout the body) or osteonecrosis (a loss of blood flow to the cartilage that eventually causes the bone to die). A variety of knee replacement procedures have emerged in recent years, as doctors develop new, less invasive techniques.
Carroll Hospital Center can perform:
- Direct Anterior Hip Replacement — a new approach to hip replacement allows surgeons to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip — sparing muscle tissue and usually reducing recovery time. This results in less post-operative pain and a hospital stay that can be up to two days shorter than with the traditional approach. In addition, patients don’t have to
worry about as many hip precautions afterward. Another advanced technology—an intraoperative X-ray machine—brings greater precision to the positioning of the joint implant. Doctors use the X-ray real-time in the operating room (OR) to ensure that the joint is placed properly and that leg length is accurate. Talk to your doctor to see if anterior hip replacement is right for you.
- Partial (Unicompartmental) Knee Replacement — a technique that reduces incision size and bone loss, minimizes pain and shortens recovery time. It may be appropriate when only one side of the knee has been damaged by arthritis (typically in less than 10% of patients). Talk with your doctor to see if this approach is right for you.
Computer Assisted Knee Replacement — in this type of knee replacement, a special instrument outlines the knee’s contours and sends that information to a computer to create an accurate model, allowing the surgeon to align the implant more precisely.
- Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement — doctors use several smaller incisions to replace the knee joint with metal and plastic prostheses. Not all patients are a candidate for this procedure and some doctors prefer the results from standard knee replacement techniques.
- Shoulder Replacement