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If you suffer from prolonged or severe dysfunction in your knee or your hip, Ogden Clinic orthopedic doctors provide a comprehensive approach to joint replacement surgery. Surgery is an option after non-surgical alternatives like physical therapy or pain medication do not provide relief. And while surgery can seem daunting, it’s one of the most effective ways to relieve severe joint pain caused by osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions. From pre-surgery education to post-operative rehabilitation, Ogden Clinic orthopedists and their staff are determined to provide the best possible outcomes.
Joint replacement is done to address persistent pain that has not been helped by non-surgical alternatives. The most common cause of joint pain is osteoarthritis, which is a result of the cartilage between bones wearing down. As people age, cartilage begins to wear thin and bones start to rub against each other, causing stiff and painful joint movement.
Although joint replacement is a complex surgery, our surgeon’s tools, techniques, and processes help patients recover safely and go home sooner. Ogden Clinic orthopedists have privileges at local hospitals and surgical centers including McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden Regional Medical Center, and Mount Ogden Surgical Center. We also have in-network physical therapists to help streamline the recovery process and get you back to living.
The most common procedures performed by our surgeons are hip and knee replacements. The surgery can be partial or total replacement of the joint using the latest technologies to minimize scarring and promote a healthy recovery.
During knee replacement surgery (total knee arthroplasty), the damaged surfaces of the knee joint are removed from the bone surfaces then shaped to hold a prosthetic joint (made of metal or plastic). The artificial components are attached to the patient’s patella, femur, and tibia using a medical adhesive. Prior to a total knee arthroplasty, an iovera® nerve treatment is administered around the knee to minimize pain during recovery. This iovera® treatment usually enables the patient to fully recover without the need for prescription opioids.
Similarly, during hip replacement surgery, affected parts of the hip joint are surgically removed and replaced with new artificial parts. By removing the affected areas and replacing them, patients can expect increased mobility and better overall function of the hip joint without pain.
You will receive verbal and written instructions for recovery after your surgery. You’ll also receive a walker and other equipment from the hospital prior to discharge. Over the next few weeks, and months, follow your doctor’s instructions for self-care, x-rays and examination visits, and physical therapy. Introduce mobility as soon as your doctor instructs you to and try to increase movement every week.