Joint surgery, including partial and total joint replacement, refers to a group of orthopedic procedures aimed at repairing injuries and damage caused by chronic joint problems.
If you or a loved one has persistent joint pain or disability that limits normal activities, joint surgery could be a helpful solution. Dignity Health North State performs a range of joint surgeries, including:
- Joint arthroscopy
- Joint resurfacing
- Total joint replacement
- Joint fusion
- Joint revision
For more information about these procedures, including joint replacement in Northern California, Find a Doctor at a location near you:
In addition, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital offers state-of-the-art MAKOplasty for hip resurfacing as a minimally invasive treatment option.
Are You Eligible for Joint Surgery at Dignity Health North State?
Your doctor may determine you’re a good candidate for a joint procedure at Dignity Health North State if you have:
- Infection in the joint
- Disability caused by overuse, arthritis, or an injury
- Chronic joint pain and stiffness that limits daily activities (and present even at rest)
- Severe joint damage or loss of cartilage and bone
- Joint deformity resulting from trauma or arthritis
Surgery may be the best option if your joint problem hasn’t been resolved through physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicines, or steroid injections.
What to Expect with Surgery or Joint Replacement
The type of surgery you have depends on your condition and its severity. Initially, our doctors often use joint arthroscopy to inspect the joint and make repairs. This typically results in less pain, smaller incisions, and a quicker recovery. Your doctor can determine if you need more extensive surgery, such as joint resurfacing or replacement. For any procedure, you’ll have either sedation or general anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain.
Talk with a Dignity Health North State doctor about the risks and benefits of each procedure, as well as how to prepare and what to expect.
Recovery After Joint Surgery
Your recovery time depends on the type of surgery you have. Open surgery generally requires a short hospital stay and time in a rehabilitation center. Most people who have minimally invasive joint surgery are able to go home the same day. This all depends on your overall health, age, and other factors specific to you. As with many orthopedic treatments, physical therapy will help you rebuild strength and function in your joint. Your health care team will tell you when it’s safe to return to a normal routine.
Orthopedic providers at Dignity Health North State are here to help you experience optimal joint health and wellbeing. Contact us to learn more about treatment.
Dignity Health North State extends compassionate and personalized care for joint surgery in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.