At Dignity Health, experienced surgeons offer a type of partial joint replacement called joint resurfacing. This procedure replaces only the damaged part of the joint with artificial materials instead of removing and replacing the entire joint. It allows more healthy joint tissue to be spared. Surgeons typically resurface shoulder, knee, and hip joints.
Am I Eligible for Joint Resurfacing?
You may benefit from a resurfacing procedure if you have chronic pain caused by one of the following conditions:
- Osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear on cartilage and bone
- Osteonecrosis, resulting in the death of bone
- Inflammatory types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Hip dysplasia, caused by abnormal development of the hip joint, causing it to wear out prematurely
- Rotator cuff problems
- Traumatic arthritis, caused by a severe sprain, strain, or fracture
If you or a loved one is experiencing joint pain that has continued despite noninvasive treatment, speak with a doctor at Dignity Health to see if joint resurfacing in Arizona might be right for you.
What to Expect With Joint Resurfacing at Dignity Health
This procedure will be performed by a skilled orthopedic surgeon in a Dignity Health hospital or outpatient surgery center. You will be given general anesthesia and will not be awake during the procedure. The time needed for joint resurfacing will depend on your specific condition and what the surgeon needs to do in order to repair the problem.
For instance, hip resurfacing is more complex than a hip replacement and may require a larger incision. The incision for a partial knee replacement, however, may often be smaller than that required for a full knee replacement.
Recovery Time From Joint Resurfacing
After your surgery is complete, you might spend anywhere from one to four days recovering in the hospital. In some cases, your doctor may recommend that you visit a rehabilitation center to aid your recovery process. It may take up to 12 weeks to fully recover, depending on your age and overall health.
An important part of the healing process is physical therapy, which can help you regain joint strength and range of motion. You may need the assistance of crutches or a sling for several weeks following surgery.
Rely on your Dignity Health doctor and care team to provide exceptional care during every step of your treatment.
Dignity Health offers expert joint surgery, including joint resurfacing, in Arizona as part of our orthopedic services.