Joint Replacement & Revision

Joint Replacement & Revision

For people with joint pain caused by arthritis or another orthopedic condition, nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy can sometimes reduce or alleviate their pain. However, sometimes the joint-related pain and damage is too extensive, and a joint replacement surgery (or arthroplasty), like knee replacement or hip replacement is the best option.

Our joint replacement specialists at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Steven Barrington, Dr. Michael Davis, Dr. Charles Hartzog, and Dr. Hussein Turki, offer the unique expertise you need to heal from a severe joint injury or condition.

What Is a Joint Replacement Specialist?

A joint replacement specialist is a surgeon who has undergone additional training in total joint replacement and related surgical techniques, such as osteotomy. In order for a specialty-trained total joint replacement doctor to determine if surgery is the best option for their patient, they may conduct physical examinations, ask questions, and review X-rays and other images.

Joint replacement is most commonly performed on knees and hips. The shoulder, like the hip, is a ball-and-socket joint that is also prone to degenerative conditions. Just like knee replacement and hip replacement, shoulder replacement is also an incredibly helpful treatment option.

Joint replacement surgery involves removing the damaged joint and replacing it with an artificial joint, also called an implant. If the surgeon recommends a replacement surgery, like a total hip replacement, total knee replacement, or partial knee replacement, they will also discuss the potential for a future surgery, called a revision surgery.

What Is Joint Revision Surgery?

Joint revision surgery, which is similar in many ways to joint replacement surgery, can be necessary for a variety of reasons. During this surgery, a doctor removes an existing artificial joint and puts in a new joint.

One reason joint revision is needed is that artificial joints have a limited lifespan, and after many years of use, they may wear out. Joint revision surgery may also be required if there is a complication with the existing artificial joint. For instance, it can loosen or become dislocated. Another problem that can occur in a prosthesis is an infection.

Symptom Checklist

If you have knee pain or another type of joint-related pain in the hip or shoulder, review the checklist below for common symptoms. If you are experiencing any of them, seek out a surgeon experienced in joint replacement or revision surgery:

  • Cannot lift your arm above your head or past your shoulder
  • Experiencing bone-on-bone sensations
  • High-impact activity causes significant joint pain
  • Hip or knee feels wobbly
  • Inflammation
  • Knee joint, hip joint, or shoulder joint feels unstable
  • Needing a cane or walking device
  • Stiffness

Common Joint Conditions

The knee and hip are both weight-bearing joints, and because of that, they undergo a lot of wear and tear. Additionally, shoulder arthritis and severe shoulder trauma are also common, especially among throwing athletes and those who have been involved in a vehicular accident.

Common issues your doctor may diagnose include:

  • Arthritis (including osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis)
  • Cartilage degeneration
  • Fracture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sports-related injury
  • Trauma-related joint injury

Specialized. In Your Joint Care.

As the only subspecialty-trained orthopedic group in Montgomery and Wetumpka, at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, all of our orthopedic surgeons strive for excellence in patient-centered care. As part of this dedication, our elbow specialists are highly experienced in successfully treating patients who are experiencing debilitating elbow pain. They have obtained years of specialized medical training, followed by decades of combined clinical experience treating patients just like you.

Our team of highly skilled joint replacement and revision specialists includes fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeon Dr. Steven Barrington, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons Dr. Michael Davis and Dr. Charles Hartzog, and fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity specialist Dr. Hussein Turki. Together, they treat patients with evidence-based nonoperative treatment options as well as a range of surgeries.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

For a one-on-one consultation with one of our joint replacement and revision surgeons in Montgomery at our Main Campus or Pavilion Clinic or in Prattville or Wetumpka, call (334) 274-9000 today or request an appointment online.