Each year, more than one million Americans make the decision to end their chronic joint pain by undergoing a joint replacement procedure. With joint replacement, the orthopedic surgeons at Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta can help you get back up on your feet and back to your active lifestyles.
If you are facing hip or knee replacement surgery, you probably have many question and concerns. Rest assured that at Mercy Mt. Shasta, your orthopedic team will manage every aspect of your care.
If you have advanced arthritis in your knee or hip you may need total joint replacement. With hips, you have traditional total hip replacement, or a partial replacement. Each of these orthopedic procedures is a type of hip replacement, but there are important differences.
In a traditional total hip replacement, the head of the thighbone and the damaged socket are both removed and replaced with metal, plastic or ceramic components.
Knee replacement surgery involves removing or resurfacing parts of your thigh bone, shin bone or kneecap, and replacing it with a prosthetic. This prosthetic is a metal and plastic covering used to replace cartilage that has worn away over the years.
All components of a knee replacement procedure are cemented into place. The cement sets in about 10 minutes, allowing you to use the joint immediately after surgery.
Neck and back pain are discomforts you shouldn't have to live with. Four out of five Americans will have an episode of back pain during their lifetime, and the effects can range from discomforting to debilitating. Problems may range from sciatica (pinching of the sciatic nerve) to spinal stenosis.
The spinal column performs a delicate balancing act every day, providing structural support for your body and a pathway for nerve impulses. There are many injuries or conditions that can compromise the spine's ability to serve without pain.
Common conditions include:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal fractures
- Spinal deformity
- Spinal tumors
- Spinal stenosis
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