Joint Surgery

Joint Surgery Q & A

Who needs joint surgery?

Your joints play a significant role in your body’s mobility and flexibility. The many components that make up your joints must all work together to keep your body in motion. Any injury or damage to any structure that makes up your joint may affect function and your ability to carry out daily activities.

When you have joint pain or a joint injury, medical treatments are a standard recommendation to help heal the underlying issue and restore health and function. However, if your injury is severe or your pain is debilitating, you may need joint surgery.

Common conditions that benefit from joint surgery include:

  • Severe osteoarthritis
  • Tendon tears
  • Ligament tears
  • Meniscal tears
  • Complicated fractures

The orthopaedic surgical experts at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates specialize in joint surgery, and can determine when surgical intervention is the best choice for you.

What are the types of joint surgery?

The team at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates uses state-of-the-art tools and techniques for joint surgery. Some of the types of joint surgery they perform include:

Joint replacement surgery

During joint replacement, your surgeon at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates removes damaged components of your joint and replaces them with prosthetic parts.

They perform joint replacement surgery to relieve joint pain from damaged cartilage and bone in the hips, knees, and shoulders.

Joint reconstructive surgery

For complex fractures, ligament tears, and degenerative conditions, the expert surgeons at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates may suggest joint reconstructive surgery.

Arthroscopic surgery

Arthroscopic surgery is a technique the orthopaedic surgeons at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates use to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems within a joint. Examples of this include procedures such as knee meniscus surgery and shoulder arthroscopy.

During the procedure, your surgeon makes several small incisions that enable the insertion of an arthroscope, a pencil-sized camera, within the joint. The arthroscope sends images of the joint to a computer monitor. Your surgeon then inserts additional instruments to repair or replace the damaged tissue in your joint.

What can I expect for joint surgery recovery time?

Recovery time following treatment will vary depending on the location and type of surgery. Arthroscopy requires the least time in the hospital, and is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. However, most patients can return to normal life activities around six weeks after surgery. For those with intense physical jobs, or who engage in sports, the time to return to these activities could be longer.

What happens during a joint surgery consultation?

When you visit Town Center Orthopaedic Associates for a joint surgery consultation, you receive a thorough evaluation to determine the best treatment for you.

During the exam, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical history, and previous treatments for your joint, and then examines the joint causing the problems. They may request in-office X-rays to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.

Based on the information gathered during your evaluation, your provider determines if joint surgery is a good option for you and reviews the details of the procedure, how to prepare, and what to expect during and afterward, such as a program of physical therapy.

To learn about your joint surgery options or schedule your appointment today, call Town Center Orthopaedic Associates any time at (703) 435-6604, or book online today.

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