Joint Replacement


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Joint Replacement Q & A

Your body is equipped with 360 joints, tirelessly facilitating mobility, support, and range of motion. Due to the considerable wear and tear, joints may sometimes fail to function optimally. South Texas Spinal Clinic provides joint replacement surgery for individuals in San Antonio or South Texas seeking to replace worn joints. If you suspect you’re a candidate for joint replacement, reach out by calling or utilizing the online appointment scheduling tool.

Joint Replacement Surgery Q & A

What is Joint Replacement Surgery?

Contrary to visions of bionic enhancements, joint replacement involves the integration of plastic, ceramic, and metal parts into your musculoskeletal structure, closely resembling natural joints. This procedure aims to replace damaged cartilage and bone within the joint.

Why Would I Need Joint Replacement Surgery?

The doctors at South Texas Spinal Clinic may recommend joint replacement for various reasons, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Other degenerative disorders
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Acute trauma
  • Structural defects

Joint replacement becomes a viable solution when persistent pain, reduced mobility, and strength loss result from joint issues. It is considered when alternative treatments, such as physical therapy, fail to offer relief or restore mobility.

What Joints Can Be Replaced?

Common joint replacement surgeries performed by the doctors include:

  1. Hip Replacement: This involves replacing damaged bone and cartilage with a metal and plastic ball-and-socket joint. The surgeon replaces the head of the femur with a metal stem and ball, removes damaged socket cartilage, and inserts a metal socket with a plastic spacer for smooth movement.

  2. Knee Replacement: The surgeon removes damaged cartilage, the ends of the tibia and femur, and places new metal surfaces on these bones. A plastic spacer separates the bones, and if necessary, the patella is resurfaced.

  3. Shoulder Replacement: Various shoulder replacement surgeries exist, replacing part or the entire ball-and-socket joint. Options include reverse shoulder replacement, reversing ball and socket locations.

While wrist and elbow replacements are less common, the doctors thoroughly discuss available options to determine the best choice for each patient.

For comprehensive information on joint replacement surgery options, contact South Texas Spinal Clinic or schedule an appointment online using the booking tool.

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