Joint replacement surgery is becoming more common, as more people are learning about their options, and choosing to undergo knee, hip, and shoulder replacements. But how do you know at what point in time, as pain progresses, you might need joint replacement surgery, and if you are even a candidate for it?

Our Los Angeles orthopedic surgeons at the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the joints. They can help determine whether you may need surgery, or if another method of treatment should be pursued to help your joints.

Do I Need Knee Joint Replacement Surgery?

Knee arthroplasty (replacement surgery) is typically used only when more conservative treatments for chronic knee pain have failed, and the degeneration of the joint has progressed so far that bone touches bone without any of the cushioning cartilage in between. For patients suffering from persistent, severe knee pain, and loss of function as a result of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis, knee replacement surgery can truly be a life-changing procedure with the possibility of recovering most of the knee’s normal function without pain.

There are generally two types of knee replacement procedures:

  • Partial knee replacement: This procedure involves the removal of just the diseased or injured parts of the knee, which are then replaced by prosthetic joint surfaces. To learn more about undergoing partial knee replacement in Los Angeles, feel free to contact our world-class orthopedic surgeons at the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence.
  • Total knee replacement: Also known as total knee arthroplasty, this surgery involves the complete removal of the structures of the knee joint, which are then replaced by specially-made prosthetics. If you would like to determine whether or not you are a candidate for total knee replacement in Los Angeles, please contact our surgery center.

Do I Need Hip Joint Replacement Surgery?

Hip replacement is a very commonly performed joint replacement procedure, generally recommended for patients who have not experienced significant success with other, non-surgical treatments for their hip pain.

Candidates for hip replacement surgery are typically those who suffer from severe symptoms and end-stage progression of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, or congenital hip defects. If you are experiencing extreme hip pain from any of these conditions, and are interested in finding out if you’re a candidate for hip joint replacement surgery in Los Angeles, please feel free to call our surgery center and schedule a consultation with one of our hip specialists.

Do I Need Shoulder Joint Replacement Surgery?

Shoulder replacement surgery is considered only when a patient has suffered from chronic shoulder pain that is debilitating and interfering with everyday activities, and, like knee and hip arthroplasty candidates, have failed more conservative treatments.

While shoulder pain can be a result of natural wear and tear over time, it can also be caused by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, rotator cuff arthropathy, or severe shoulder fractures.

Typically, there are two types of shoulder replacement procedures:

  • Partial shoulder replacement: When only a localized portion of the shoulder is damaged, a partial shoulder arthroscopy may be performed, where only the injured parts of the shoulder are replaced with prosthetic joint surfaces. To speak with a shoulder specialist who can help determine if you’re a candidate for partial shoulder replacement in Los Angeles, please contact the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence.
  • Total shoulder replacement: For patients with more severe damage or degeneration of the shoulder, a total shoulder arthroscopy may be necessary. During this procedure, the entire main shoulder joint is replaced with specially-made prosthetic implants. Our world-class shoulder specialists can determine if total shoulder replacement in Los Angeles is the best treatment option for you.

Contact a Joint Surgery Specialist in Los Angeles

For patients who suffer from severe and chronic joint pain, joint replacement surgery can significantly improve your quality of life. If you are interested in speaking with an orthopedic surgeon about joint replacement surgery in Los Angeles, please schedule a consultation by filling out our online contact form or by calling (888) 318-2842.

Next, read frequently asked questions about joint surgery.