Total Joint Replacement
This division of orthopedic surgery involves a procedure that replaces a diseased or damaged joint with an orthopedic prosthesis. Joint replacement surgery is resorted to only after less invasive treatments have been considered and attempted.
While joints in the elbows, fingers, and ankles can be replaced, the most common areas are hip, knee, and shoulder joint replacement. Osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis, leads to the complete wear of the cartilage in a hip or knee. This causes the bones to rub against each other, resulting in high levels of discomfort, pain, and stiffness. This is a leading cause of hip, knee, and shoulder replacements in a patient.
“I’m able to completely deconstruct a joint to remove all the arthritis and disease and replace it with a brand new, beautiful joint.”
– Dr. David Padden, orthopaedic surgeon, robotic-assisted minimally-invasive hip and knee replacement, total joint replacement specialist.
What is osteoarthritis?
Millions of Americans suffer from the debilitating pain of osteoarthritis (OA) each day. As one of the leading causes for disability worldwide, OA is a degenerative joint disease resulting in the wearing and eventual loss of cartilage. Those suffering from OA often experience quality of life issues, loss of mobility, stiffness and swelling and joint pain activated by activity.