When disease processes affect joints irreversibly, patients are left with significant disability due to pain and limitations of motion. Even activities of daily living, such as rising from a chair, dressing, or using a comb or brush are nearly impossible to perform. These conditions are usually managed without surgery. But occasionally the damage to the joint is so severe that the only alternative is a complete replacement of the diseased joint.
Among the more common diseases that destroy joints are:
These and many other conditions attack all joints of the body.
The most commonly affected are the hips, knees, shoulders, hands, and spine. MedStar Orthopaedic Institute performs hundreds of joint replacement procedures each year. We have adopted the most advanced replacement techniques, including minimal-incision and computer-assisted techniques, to help relieve your pain and assist you toward a more active life.
Advances in Total Joint Replacement
We have adopted the most advanced replacement techniques, including minimal-incision and computer-assisted techniques, to help relieve your pain and assist you toward a more active life.
A growing trend in North America and Europe has been to perform traditional total knee and hip replacements through a small incision. Using a minimally invasive technique, patients have less post-operative pain, require less medication, recover much faster, and have an overall better outcome. Our surgeons perform minimal incision surgery for hip and knee replacements.
One of the most important factors in determining the lifespan of the replacement is the alignment of the replacement parts. Up until now this was accomplished manually by the surgeon. Recent technological advances allow surgeons to align the replacement parts quicker and more accurately. We are excited about this new advancement and are certain that it will prove beneficial to our patients.
Our physicians are working closely with Plus Orthopedics and Southern Maryland Hospital to offer this service to the surrounding community. This system is called the Galileo System and will be one of only four used in the country.