Total or partial joint replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to remove and replace a joint that has been damaged by injury or arthritis. The artificial joint can be made of metal, ceramic or heavy duty plastic.

Many different joints of the body can be surgically replaced. Hips, knees and shoulders are the most common joints that are replaced, however, ankle, toe, finger, wrist and elbow joints can be replaced in some instances.

PCI Orthopedic surgeons use advanced technology to completely customize your surgery to your particular situation, and the goals you have for movement and mobility post-surgery. Because we use the most minimally-invasive procedures available, you will recover faster, have less pain and be happier with the results. In fact, patients who meet certain criteria can have their total joint replacements completed in an outpatient setting. Patients arrive in the morning and are home later in the day, with no overnight hospital stay.

Joint Replacement Procedures:

  • Total Knee Replacement: During total knee replacement (which is also called total knee arthroplasty), the orthopedic surgeon removes the damaged surfaces of the knee joint and replaces them with metal and plastic components referred to as the prosthesis or implant. The implant is designed to replace the function of a healthy knee.
  • Partial Knee Replacement: If arthritic damage is detected early, and has not progressed to all three compartments of the knee, some patients may be eligible for a partial knee replacement. During a partial knee replacement surgery, only the smaller damaged area is replaced, not the entire joint.
  • Total Hip Replacement: Total hip replacement involves removing arthritic bone and damaged cartilage in the hip joint, and replacing them with an implant. 
  • Total Shoulder Replacement: Orthopedic surgeons perform total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) to treat severe shoulder pain and lack of motion. During TSA surgery, the surgeon replaces diseased and injured joint components with medical-grade implants designed to appear similar to our normal, healthy shoulder joint.

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