Joint Replacement Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in West Des Moines, IA, Ankeny, IA, & Indianola, IA

Joint replacement is an option you might need to consider if your joints deteriorate to the point where conservative treatments are no longer working. If you’re facing joint replacement surgery, you want the very best orthopedic surgeons, like the highly experienced team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC. They have considerable expertise in carrying out joint replacement surgery and use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Call one of their branches in Clive, Ankeny, or Indianola, Iowa, to find out more, or book an appointment online.

Joint Replacement Q & A

What is joint replacement?

Joint replacement is an option for patients whose joints are so badly damaged or deteriorated that no other treatment is going to help.

If there are any parts of your joint that could be saved, you might only need a partial joint replacement. If the whole joint is beyond repair, then you would need a total joint replacement.

Your surgeon at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, replaces your joint with a device called a prosthesis that’s designed to work in the same way as your natural joint. The prosthesis could be made of metal, plastic, ceramic, or a combination of materials.

Knees and hips are the joints most often replaced, but joint replacement is also suitable for shoulders, wrists, elbows, and ankles.

When would I need a joint replacement?

If you have a painful joint condition, the team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, can in most cases create a treatment plan for you that relieves pain and stiffness without you needing surgery.

Noninvasive treatments like physiotherapy, medication, and activity modification can be highly effective in relieving joint pain, and there’s a fully equipped physical therapy department at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC. However, there are times when conservative options aren’t enough.

The most common reason for having joint replacement surgery is that the cartilage on the ends of your bones is beyond repair. Cartilage is a tough, slippery substance that protects the ends of the bones in your joints. Injury and disease can damage the cartilage, with the most frequent cause being osteoarthritis.

Over time, arthritis reaches a stage where the pain and stiffness can no longer be treated successfully, and this is when joint replacement becomes a viable option.

What are my options for joint replacement?

You have several options for joint replacement. Most patients have a total joint replacement, which is done using minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery whenever possible. Other options include:

  • Partial joint replacement
  • Osteotomy
  • Synovectomy
  • Joint revision and fusion

Partial joint replacement is more likely to be possible in patients who have sports or exercise-related joint injuries. In these cases, it might be possible to reconstruct the joint without removing all the bone and cartilage and using partial prosthetics.

The expert surgeons at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, have their own state-of-the-art joint replacement center in which to carry out your surgery. The procedure takes several hours to complete; then it takes a few months of recovery and physical therapy to make sure you’re fit and accustomed to the new joint.

Most patients can expect their replacement joints to last for many years and give them a far better quality of life.

Find out more about joint replacement by calling Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, today or book an appointment online.