Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery focuses on patient care in each of these orthopaedic subspecialties: reconstruction and joint replacement, sports medicine, spine surgery, surgery of the hand and wrist, surgery of the shoulder and elbow, surgery of the foot and ankle, musculoskeletal tumor surgery, orthopaedic trauma Surgery, pediatric orthopaedics, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

There are several conditions which may lead to the need for knee replacement, arthritis (whether it be osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or traumatic arthritis) is the most common reason..

Various reasons a patient may need surgical intervention to treat his or her back or neck pain. :

  • TO TAKE PRESSURE OFF OF NERVES : Some conditions, including a disc herniation or spinal stenosis, compress the nerves within the spinal column which can lead to pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, and other more severe symptoms.
  • TO STABILIZE AN UNSTABLE SPINEn: We see unstable spines in a lot of conditions including spinal fractures, spondylolisthesis, and even sometimes an extreme disc injury. This is best achieved by fusing the unstable parts of the spine through an ALIF, PLIF, or Lateral Interbody Fusion.
  • TO REALIGN A CROOKED SPINE : Some conditions, including scoliosis, kyphosis, and flat-back syndrome, affect the natural curvature of the spine and result in various impairments.

Q.   What is a total hip replacement?

A.   A total hip replacement is an operation that removes the arthritic ball of the upper thigh bone (femur) as well as damaged cartilage from the hip socket.

Q.   Am I too old for hip-replacement surgery?

A.  Age is not a problem if you are in reasonable health and have the desire to continue living a productive, active life.

Q.   What is arthritis and why does my knee hurt?

A.  In the knee joint, there is a layer of smooth cartilage on the lower end of the femur (thighbone), the upper end of the tibia (shinbone) and the undersurface of the kneecap (patella). Arthritis is a wearing away of this smooth cartilage. Rubbing of bone against bone causes pain, swelling and stiffness.

Q.   What are the results of total knee replacement?

A.  Knee-replacement surgery has a high rate of success in eliminating pain and restoring range of motion.