If you’re experiencing stiff joints that are painful to move, seeing an orthopedic specialist can help determine what kind of care will help you feel better. Medicine and therapy are options to try first. But if they don’t relieve debilitating symptoms that limit your lifestyle, you may want to consider the option of joint replacement surgery.
This common procedure is something the orthopedic surgeons at St. Cloud Orthopedics are extremely experienced in, as we have successfully performed total joint replacements hundreds of thousands of times with phenomenal patient results. Our less-invasive approach to this type of surgery allows you to recover at a faster, less-painful pace with minimal scarring.
Since joint replacement surgery is an elective procedure, it’s important that you talk openly with a doctor you can trust about the benefits of having joint replacement surgery. Request an appointment with St. Cloud Orthopedics today.
Understanding Your Joints
A healthy joint is formed when the ends of two bones are connected by a layer of a cartilage. When cartilage is strong and normal, it allows for pain-free movement. But when cartilage is worn or torn, joints become stiff and painful.
Common Reasons for Joint Replacement Surgery
Joint replacement surgery may be a preferred option if you suffer from these conditions:
- Osteoarthritis—the breaking down of joint cartilage. Obesity, ligament tears, joint fractures, deformed joints, or defective cartilage can lead to or cause osteoarthritis.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis—chronic inflammation of the joint lining. This form of arthritis often causes pain, swelling, and stiffness. It can enter and damage the bone and cartilage in some cases.
- Other Reasons—including bone tumors, poor blood supply, trauma, or connective tissue disorders.
Understanding the Procedure
We’ll make sure you understand what to expect before and after your joint replacement surgery. Our minimally-invasive approach to surgery allows you to recover more quickly and resume your normal lifestyle sooner. If you have any questions, please contact us.