Arthroplasty is defined as any surgical procedure to restore the integrity
and function of a joint. Areas where arthroplasty can be used where damage
to the soft tissues within the joints is likely- the hips, knees, and
Arthroplasty may consist of joint resurfacing or total joint replacement, depending
on the specific nature of joint damage and the amount of healthy tissue
remaining in the affected area. This article will take a closer look at
the signs of poorly functioning joints and the surgical treatment options
that can restore function and minimize pain and stiffness.
Symptoms of Poor Joint Function
Signs that a joint has become damaged include regular pain, inflammation,
stiffness, and limited flexibility. When these symptoms are not relieved
with conservative treatments like physical therapy or immobilization,
surgery may be considered as the best option for permanent relief. Osteoarthritis
is a common cause of symptoms resulting in arthroplasty, as this condition
is frequently diagnosed in older adults, and it leads to progressive,
permanent damage of the cartilage in the joints.
Surgical Treatment Options
If there is sufficient cartilage and stability in the joint, your orthopaedic
surgeon is likely to recommend joint resurfacing. This type of arthroplasty
involves the removal of damaged tissue and repair of remaining cartilage
to reduce inflammation in the joint. When tissues have been more extensively
damaged by arthritis, injury, or other conditions,
total joint replacement with a biocompatible prosthesis may be the better choice. In this form
of arthroplasty, the damaged natural joint will be completely removed
and replaced with a more stable and functional artificial joint.
Waiting to seek treatment for any joint problems can lead to worsening
symptoms and continued damage of the joint and surrounding soft tissues.
Under the care of MK Orthopaedics in Joliet, you can explore all of your
surgical and conservative treatment options. Call us at (815) 741-6900 to schedule your initial consultation.