Total joint replacement
Is an injury or pain in your joints limiting your activities and keeping you from fully experiencing life? At UofL Health – Orthopedics, minimally invasive joint replacement procedures are being used every day to help patients begin moving again.
Focusing on a comprehensive joint program that includes outstanding patient care, we strive to assist patients with non-operative methods before surgery. Patients are first evaluated for treatment with non-steroidal medications, physical therapy and visco-supplementation prior to considering surgical procedures. If surgery is a must, minimally invasive procedures are looked to first and are individualized based on the specific needs of each patient.
- Total hip replacement
- Total knee replacement
- Total ankle replacement
- Total shoulder replacement (including reverse total shoulder replacement)
Minimally invasive joint replacement
Minimally invasive procedures, including total knee replacement and hip replacement, involve the use of smaller incisions than those used in traditional surgeries. Because there is less damage to the tissue, patients who undergo these procedures may expect a shorter hospital stay, a shorter recovery and a better-looking scar.
All minimally invasive joint surgeries performed at UofL Health are centered on a technique known as muscle-sparing. No muscles are cut during muscle-sparing. They are merely separated or avoided. Because the incision is smaller and no muscle needs to be repaired, recovery is faster and less painful with these cutting-edge techniques.
State-of-the-art implants made from titanium, chrome-cobalt, ceramics and cross-link polyethylene are used in joint replacement surgeries. Each patient receives individualized care based on their needs with respect to the approach and implants used.
As a premier orthopedic and joint replacement hospital network, our physicians are leaders in the field who train other doctors in these advanced surgical methods. Our joint replacement surgical team includes highly skilled orthopedic physicians, assistants, nurses and surgical technicians, as well as anesthesiologists that specialize in post-operative pain management. Our goal is to improve a patient’s quality of life by providing state-of-the-art techniques and implants coupled with a comfortable hospital experience.
Rehab therapists see patients during their hospital stay for gait training and functions of daily living. Most patients are typically discharged in two to three days after surgery, once basic therapy goals are achieved.
Ask your doctor if minimally invasive orthopedic surgery is right for you.
Robotic-arm assisted joint replacement
If you experience severe joint pain in your hip or knee, have degenerative joint disease, or are dealing with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, MAKO robotic-arm assisted surgery can provide relief. Based on your unique anatomy, the robotic-arm assisted technology offers many benefits which may include smaller incisions, less scarring, less pain, shorter hospital stays and more rapid recovery. UofL Health – Jewish Hospital is home to Louisville’s first MAKO robotic arm-assisted technology.
How does MAKO work?
If your surgeon determines that you are a good candidate for the MAKO procedure, prior to your surgery date you will have a CT scan performed. This is used to create a 3-D model of your joint. The surgeon uses MAKO software with information from the model to plan your surgery based on your unique anatomy.
During surgery, the software provides real-time information to optimize implant positioning and alignment, and the robotic arm is used to prepare your socket and guide the accurate placement of the implants. This can be difficult to achieve using traditional surgical techniques without the robotic arm system.
A pioneer in the advancement of robotic-arm assisted orthopedic surgery, Stryker’s MAKO is transforming orthopedics through its tactile guidance system technology. Over 65,000 MAKO hip and knee procedures have been performed since 2006.
At UofL Health, we offer several new shoulder replacement options for those suffering from advanced shoulder arthritis. Patient-specific procedures allow us to implant replacement components with pinpoint accuracy, and you may be able to go home the same day or the next day comfortably.
Learn more about shoulder replacement options below, then call 502-363-0588 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
We offer anatomic and reverse shoulder replacement for those suffering from advanced shoulder arthritis.
Anatomic shoulder replacement
Anatomic shoulder replacement preserves the normal anatomic relationship between ball and socket, mimicking normal shoulder anatomy. The diseased humeral head or ball is removed and replaced with a new metallic substitute and the glenoid cavity or socket is resurfaced with a polyethylene or plastic.
The joint maintains its normal position and the new humeral head replacement glides over the plastic resurfacing of the socket.
Reverse shoulder replacement
Reverse shoulder replacement is typically reserved for patients with arthritis resulting from a large rotator cuff tear. As the name implies, reverse shoulder replacement simply reverses the orientation of the ball and socket joint. The socket is reamed into the humerus, and the ball is secured into the scapula.
To schedule an appointment, please call 502-363-0588.