Joint Replacement Specialist

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in St. Joseph, MO

When you can no longer be active because of joint pain from arthritis or an injury, it may be time to consider joint replacement surgery. At Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, the orthopedic surgeons specialize in procedures to replace your hip, knee, or shoulder joints, so you can regain your mobility. The team has extensive experience in rapid, same-day joint replacements that require less downtime and ensure a faster recovery. Call the orthopedic surgery office in St. Joseph, Missouri, today to find out if you’re a candidate for joint replacement, or book a consultation online.

Joint Replacement Q&A

What is joint replacement?

Joint replacement is a surgical procedure to remove part or all of a joint and replace it with an artificial device.

The team at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center specializes in several types of joint replacement surgeries, including:

  • Hip replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Shoulder replacement

The surgeons are recognized experts in advanced joint replacement surgical techniques to ensure the best outcome. They specialize in rapid joint replacement surgery, so you can go home and start your recovery on the same day as your procedure.

Why would I need joint replacement?

You may be a candidate for joint replacement surgery if you have chronic pain or mobility issues that aren’t treatable with nonsurgical therapies. These issues may stem from injuries, chronic diseases, or age-related changes in the structures of the joint.

The team at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center may recommend a joint replacement if you have chronic joint pain and limited flexibility because of:

  • Severe fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

After a comprehensive review of your medical history, a physical exam, and diagnostic imaging tests, your provider can determine if joint replacement surgery is the right choice for you.

What is involved in joint replacement surgery?

Prior to the day of your surgery, you meet with your Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center surgeon to discuss your expectations for your surgery. They provide information to help you prepare for your procedure and know what to expect after surgery.

For the surgery itself, your surgeon provides medications to keep you comfortable and asleep throughout the joint replacement. They access the joint through one or more incisions to remove the damaged parts or all of the joint. 

Your surgeon replaces the joint with artificial devices that work just like your natural joint.

You can expect to go home to recover soon after the anesthesia wears off. The team requests follow-up visits to monitor your healing process. Your provider may start you on physical therapy in the weeks after your surgery to restore strength and function in your new joint.

To find out if you’re a candidate for joint replacement surgery, call Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center or schedule a consultation online today.