Total Joint Replacement
Is joint pain interfering with your quality of life? Restoring or replacing arthritic or damaged joints can ease pain and improve function.
Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin in Austin, TX, is here to help patients like you resume an active life through total joint replacement.
How can joint replacement benefit you?
The Highest Quality Care to Ensure You Live Life to the Fullest
At OSA, our patients benefit from artificial implants of the most surpassing quality, many of which can last up to twenty years with proper care. In adult patients, replacement joints typically last a minimum of ten years. Naturally, younger individuals may need an additional replacement over time, or as their body develops.
Dramatically Reduced DiscomfortJoint replacement surgery is typically reserved for patients who can no longer control pain with conservative treatment options because of the joint damage extent. By removing the damaged joint during orthopedic surgery, our doctors can alleviate pain and discomfort for good.
Improved Quality of Life
Many of Dr. Matthew Heinrich and Dr. David Dodgin's patients can walk or apply pressure to their new joints on the day of surgery. Following rehabilitation and physical therapy, many patients can return to their daily activities and continue to participate in their favorite hobbies including golfing, swimming, or hiking.
Joint Replacement Surgery Is a Fairly Common Procedure
Long-lasting Solutions and Quicker Recovery
Total Joint Replacement Austin
About Total Joint Replacement
Total joint replacement is a commonly performed surgery at our Austin practice and throughout the entire country. Hip and knee replacements are performed most frequently; the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimates more than 400,000 are done each year. At OSA, joint replacement is possible for virtually every joint, including the ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, and finger.
"I am so very thankful to have found Dr. Dodgin. To have a total hip replacement at 37 was difficult to understand and digest. But Dr. Dodgin did a wonderful job helping me understand my treatment and options. My entire surgery and experience went very smoothly thanks to Dr. Dodgin and his great and friendly staff."
Total Joint Replacement Overview
The total joint replacement expertise of Dr. Heinrich and Dr. Dodgin is all-encompassing. For example, either Austin specialist is able to perform:
- Minimally invasive techniques
- Arthroplasty (replacement surgery using a prosthetic joint to replace a natural, dysfunctional joint)
- Computer guided procedures
- Complex revision surgery (procedure to replace an existing prosthesis with a new prosthesis)
- Joint resurfacing techniques, reestablishing bone stock and joint mechanics
- Surgery using mini-incision hips, unicondylar knee replacements, or unispacers for quicker recovery.
Total joint replacement itself serves to restore your natural range of motion. OSA wants your prosthesis to look and function exactly as a natural joint would. Generally, an artificial joint is composed of metal, such as stainless steel or titanium, and plastic. It may be inserted using either plastic bone cement, or customized to fit and lock directly onto the bone. Essentially, our total joint replacement surgeon will replace the damaged ends of the bones and cartilage with metal and plastic surfaces. As soon as your post-surgery status permits, Dr. Heinrich and Dr. Dodgin encourage patients recovering from total joint replacement to use their new joint. Exercise is a key aspect of getting back in gear!
When total joint replacement is not the ideal choice of services for our Austin patients, fusion may be an excellent alternative in treating the fingers, wrist, toes, and top vertebrae in the neck.