joint-replacement-FAQAt the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence, we are dedicated to providing innovative, effective solutions to your chronic joint pain. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about joint replacement surgery. If you wish to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons, contact us today at (888) 318-2842.

Q: What type of surgeon treats joint conditions and injuries?

A: Orthopedic surgeons treat injuries and illnesses that affect the musculoskeletal system, including the bones, muscles, ligaments and other soft tissue that make up our joints. They use both surgical and nonsurgical methods to treat degenerative diseases, sports injuries, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders. The Joint Surgery Center of Excellence houses renowned, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, many of whom chose to specialize in shoulder, hip, or knee surgery.

Q: Who is at risk for joint injuries and diseases?

A: One of the most common reasons to undergo joint replacement surgery is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease. Over time, the wear and tear of daily activities can break down the smooth cartilage protecting the surfaces of bones, leading to chronic joint pain. (Maybe want to add a line about joint disease stemming from inflammatory disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis). Older patients are at a higher risk for this type of moderate to severe joint degeneration.  Additionally, young people involved in sports, or those who live an active lifestyle, are at risk for accelerated joint wear or injury that produces chronic joint pain. Joint replacement surgery is an effective treatment for patients of all ages who suffer from joint disease or injury.

Q: How does joint replacement surgery work?

A: The goal of joint replacement is to remove damaged cartilage and bone in the joint that cause chronic pain, and to insert a prosthetic implant in its place. During replacement surgery, metal implants are fixed to the existing bones making up the joint, with cushioned plastic spacers in between. The prosthetic is designed to mimic the natural anatomy and restore normal range of motion to the joint. After just a few months of recovery and rehabilitation, most patients regain full strength and mobility of their previously damaged joints.

Q: Do you offer minimally invasive joint replacement?

A: Yes, in fact, our orthopedic surgeons are leaders in the field of joint preservation surgery. We routinely utilize a minimally invasive approach when performing total hip replacement and partial knee replacement surgery at our outpatient center in Los Angeles. Our patients can often return home within 24 hours of surgery.

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Q: What are the complications of joint replacement surgery?

A: At the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence, our orthopedic surgeons have a very low rate of complications. However, any surgical procedure carries some risk. In rare cases, patients undergoing a joint replacement may experience infection, blood clots, nerve damage, or a failed or dislocated prosthetic. We take every precaution to guide our patients through the recovery process, thereby dramatically reducing the risk of complications.

Q: What makes the Center of Excellence unique?

A: The Joint Surgery Center of Excellence offers a world-class team of orthopedic surgeons, including doctors specializing in the shoulder, knee, and hip joints. Our patients experience excellent results because of the personal care we offer within a safe and controlled environment. Our facility features a multi-million dollar center, the most advanced technology available, and a first-class support staff. Our goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for every patient. Our promise is to make our patients the top priority and be with them every step of the way.

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Every patient is provided with a thorough personal assessment that enables our healthcare team to implement, monitor, and evaluate care and answer questions. For more information regarding our services please contact the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence at (888) 318-2842.

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