If knee or hip pain is affecting your daily life and non-surgical treatments
haven’t been effective or just aren’t cutting it anymore,
a joint replacement may be right for you. The two most common joint replacement
surgeries are knee and hip replacements. In both, a surgeon removes the
damaged part and replaces it with artificial parts -- usually constructed
of metal, ceramic and very hard plastic – to improve function and
reduce your pain.
Certain conditions cause damage to the hip joint:
- Osteoarthritis, commonly known as wear-and-tear. Cartilage that cushions
the ends of your bones wears down.
- Rheumatoid arthritis, which produces inflammation that can erode cartilage
and sometimes the underlying bone.
- Osteonecrosis. If you suffer a dislocation or fracture, you may experience
a loss of blood flow to the ball portion of the hip joint.
What are the signs you might need a hip replacement?
- Pain that persists or worsens, even with pain medication
- Pain while walking, even with a cane or walker
- Ability to sleep, get dressed, or use stairs is affected
- Difficulty to stand up from a seated position
Our board-certified surgeons perform total hip replacement, replacing the
hip socket and femur with a smooth artificial surface. Our support team
of registered nurses, occupational and physical therapists will have you
up and on your way with a personalized home care plan before you’re
Like the hip, knees are susceptible to osteoarthritis, taking a lot of
wear and tear, as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
Other conditions that can cause damage to the knee joint include:
- Structural issues like bowed legs
- Knee injuries, common in former athletes
- Loss of blood flow to the knee bone (osteonecrosis)
What are the top signs you might need a knee replacement?
- Pain and/or difficulty walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of chairs
- Pain while at rest
- Work, hobbies and/or daily activities restricted
Knee replacement options can vary based on your age, weight, activity level,
knee size and shape, and overall health. Depending on how severe your
knee pain is, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend total or partial knee
Partial knee replacement is an option if you are living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis
that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. Depending
on where your arthritis is, your surgeon may insert an implant in one
or more area of your knee.
Total knee replacement is an option if you are living with mid to late-stage osteoarthritis.
Mako Knee Replacement
Each patient is unique and can experience joint pain differently, so be
sure to discuss your treatment options with one of our orthopedic surgeons.
You may be a candidate for a Mako Partial or Total Knee replacement, the
first robotic knee replacement technology in Baton Rouge. Not only is
it more advanced, but it is personalized to your specific bone structure.
What are the advantages to a Mako knee replacement?
Mako’s Robotic–Arm Assisted Technology™ allows your surgeon
to customize your knee replacement by creating a 3D model of your knee
to use as a guide during your procedure. This technique gives your surgeon
more precision while offering you a less invasive procedure, smaller incision
and faster recovery time.
Learn more about how the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology™ or call (225) 763-4298.