Is pain in a particular joint interfering with your quality of life? Your arthritic or damaged joint may need to be restored or replaced in order to ease pain and regain full functionality. For this purpose, Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin is here to help patients like you resume an active lifestyle. Dr. Matthew Heinrich and Dr. David Dodgin, our total joint replacement surgeons, will make your ultimate comfort their mission when treating your musculoskeletal problem.
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.
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. And a number of Dr. Heinrich’s and Dr. Dodgin's patients can walk or apply pressure to their new joints on the day of surgery! 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.
"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."
The total joint replacement expertise of Dr. Heinrich and Dr. Dodgin is all-encompassing. For example, either Austin specialist is able to perform:
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.
We are proud to provide comprehensive total joint replacement services for patients in Austin, Travis County, and Central Texas. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heinrich or Dr. Dodgin, contact the staff at Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin today!