If you’re living with joint pain in your knees or shoulders, you may be considering surgery as a way to ease your discomfort.
But which surgery is right for you? Joint replacement involves replacing the entire joint with an artificial one. Joint reconstruction, on the other hand, is a minimally invasive surgery that repairs and rebuilds the joint using pieces of your own bone and tissue.
Both are great options that will help relieve pain and restore motion. Which one Dr. Boyett recommends will depend on the degree to which your joint is damaged. He is a leading expert in both treatments, specializing in knee and shoulder joints.
This term can be scary but what does it really mean? Each joint procedure is unique and different and there is a misconception that joint replacement involves excising the bone and joint and replacing it with a hinge-type implant.
That is extremely uncommon these days and is only performed in rare patients. Most joint replacements are more similar to how a dentist might “cap” a tooth. In modern joint replacement surgery, the joint is exposed through a careful surgical approach and the arthritis is cleaned up and ultimately the ends of the bones are resurfaced with a metal cap on each side of the bone preserving the majority of ligaments. Then a plastic (polyethylene) spacer is placed between the caps to function as the new cushion. Additionally, there are procedures that only resurface or replace a part of a joint preserving as much normal tissue as possible.
The procedure that is right for you depends on many factors that include age, x-rays, activity level, deformity, and other factors. Every effort is made by Dr. Boyett’s team to stay on the cutting edge of technology. Our practice incorporates robotics, advanced anesthetics, joint preservation, and minimally invasive surgical approaches.
Every effort is always made to perform conservative treatment and approach painful arthritis with the least invasive yet effective treatment. We realize that sometimes when you go to a surgeon there is caution that your surgeon may function by the old saying that “if your tool is a hammer everything looks like a nail”. Dr. Boyett and his team perform a comprehensive evaluation and make every attempt to consider all treatment options.
However, some patients need surgery. Surgery should be considered when: