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Orthopedic Surgery

We know the thought of surgery can make anyone feel anxious. But with the orthopedic experts at CHI Saint Joseph Health, you’ll find everything you need for success.

Our orthopedic surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained, performing a full range of procedures to treat knee, hip, shoulder, hand, wrist, elbow, foot and ankle pain.

Whenever possible, we use some of the most minimally invasive options available for joint replacement, spine surgery and more – each offering less pain, more mobility and a faster recovery. It’s that commitment to quality care that has earned many of our hospitals elite national distinctions, including the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®, giving you and your loved ones extra peace of mind.

From pre-operative education through personalized rehabilitation, we’re here to support you at every step. And we’re part of your community, with orthopedic care centers conveniently located near where you live and work. So you can stay focused on healing.

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Full Range of Surgical Solutions

Arthrodesis: This procedure makes the affected joint permanently immobile by inserting a metal or plastic screw or using a special type of plaster to hold the joint in place. It is usually performed on smaller joints, such as those in the toes or fingers.

Hip or Knee Arthroscopy: Hip arthroscopy and knee arthroscopy are surgical procedures that allow doctors to view the hip joint or the knee joint without making a large incision (cut) through the skin and other soft tissues. Arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of hip and knee problems. During this procedure, your surgeon inserts a small camera, called an arthroscope, into your hip or knee joint. The camera displays pictures on a video monitor, and your surgeon uses these images to guide miniature surgical instruments.

Hip Replacement: In a total hip replacement (also called total hip arthroplasty), the damaged bone and cartilage is removed and replaced with prosthetic components. The damaged femoral head is removed and replaced with a metal stem that is placed into the hollow center of the femur. The femoral stem may be either cemented or “press fit” into the bone. A metal or ceramic ball is placed on the upper part of the stem. This ball replaces the damaged femoral head that was removed. The damaged cartilage surface of the socket (acetabulum) is removed and replaced with a metal socket. Screws or cement are sometimes used to hold the socket in place. A plastic, ceramic, or metal spacer is inserted between the new ball and the socket to allow for a smooth gliding surface.

Knee Replacement: A successful joint replacement may relieve pain and restore most of the joint’s movement. Damaged bone is removed from the joint and replaced with parts that are cemented to the healthy bone that remains. A partial knee replacement is an option when damage is limited to just one part of the knee.

Hip Resurfacing: For people who are young and active, hip resurfacing is an alternative to total hip replacement. Unlike total hip replacement, hip resurfacing doesn’t require removing the femoral head and replacing it with a ball of metal or ceramic material. Instead the damaged femoral head is reshaped and fitted with a metal covering that fits into the socket.

Osteotomy: In this surgical procedure, which is not frequently performed, the surgeon removes a small piece of bone near the affected joint. This may be a good solution for younger people with arthritis because it may delay joint surgery for years.

Knee Osteotomy: Knee osteotomy is used when you have early-stage osteoarthritis that has damaged just one side of the knee joint. By shifting your weight off of the damaged side of the joint, an osteotomy can relieve pain and significantly improve function in your arthritic knee.

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