Total joint replacement surgery is used to remove parts of a damaged or arthritic joint, replacing them with an artificial device called a prosthesis. The surgery is done to restore movement of the joint, and the most common types of total joint replacement are hip and knee replacements.
If your doctor has recommended total joint replacement in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, you can rely on the orthopedic team at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals, where we offer in-depth pre-op education for every patient. Find an orthopedic surgeon or take our online joint health assessment to learn more.
Reasons for Total Joint Replacement
The most common reason for total joint replacement is osteoarthritis within a joint. Arthritis in your joints can cause moderate to severe joint pain and disability, and it can make it hard to complete normal, daily activities. Joint pain may also occur from damaged cartilage due to a fracture, injury, or other condition.
If other treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, and rest have been unsuccessful, your doctor may recommend a total joint replacement.
Types of Joint Replacements
The orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican perform the following total joint replacements:
What to Expect
Your total joint replacement surgery will last for several hours and will be performed by an orthopedic surgeon. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove damaged cartilage and bone from your joint, and replace them with a prosthetic device. Your prosthesis will mimic the movement and shape of a natural joint, allowing you to return to your normal activities.
Recovering from a Total Joint Replacement at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Your joint replacement recovery will depend on your overall health and age, but you should be able to start using your new joint shortly after your procedure. Rehabilitation and physical therapy are invaluable for patients recovering after joint surgery.
A variety of pain management techniques will be used to keep you comfortable while you’re recovering. Over time your body will adjust to your artificial joint, allowing your muscle tissue to heal. In fact, most people who have a total joint replacement are able to return to the activities that they couldn’t do before surgery.
Dignity Health offers award-winning care and treatment for patients undergoing total joint replacement in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.