Winchester resident Chester “Chet” Ayers, 61, is again tilling in his summer garden thanks to a double total hip replacement he had last year at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling.Read More Additional information about Hip Replacement Gives Winchester Man New Lease on Life
Does Hip or Knee Pain Affect Your Daily Life?
Why Choose Joint Replacement?
Patrice Beliveau, MD, orthopedic surgeon and chief of staff at Saint Joseph London
If you experience pain and stiffness that affect your daily activities, inability to move the joint certain ways, or pain that doesn’t improve with over-the-counter pain relief, see an orthopedic surgeon who can determine the cause of your symptoms and discuss your options, such as a partial or total joint replacement, joint repair or joint reconstruction.
"Some people worry they are too old for joint replacement surgery, but this type of surgery benefits older people – it gives them their mobility and independence back."
If you decide to have a joint replacement, Patrice Beliveau, MD, orthopedic surgeon and chief of staff at Saint Joseph London, said all patients must be evaluated to ensure they are healthy enough to have the surgery.
“Patients with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, must have the condition well controlled before surgery,” Dr. Beliveau said.
During a knee or hip replacement, the surgeon removes all or part of the damaged joint and cartilage and replaces it with a state-of-the-art artificial joint. This can be done through different types of procedures, including advanced, minimally invasive surgery.
"We do everything we can to minimize risk and achieve good outcomes."
For example, the direct anterior total hip replacement allows the surgeon to replace the joint through a smaller incision in the front, which avoids causing damage to muscles and tendons. This type of procedure results in less pain and scarring, a shorter hospital stay, and easier, faster recovery, with less risk of complications.
“We use 3D, computer-guided navigation systems, which greatly increase precision,” said James R. Rollins, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling and Saint Joseph East in Lexington. “The artificial joint then lasts a lot longer.”
Jean-Maurice Page, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint Joseph London
The Joint Academy: Preparing for Your New Joint
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