Did you know that orthopedic surgeons can repair joints by replacing all or a part of the joint with artificial material? Most commonly, surgeons use metal or plastic. This procedure can heal damage related to sports injuries, trauma, or overuse from occupational hazards. It is important to try to protect and strengthen the joints that we have, but it is good to know that this option is available! What are the three most common joint replacement surgeries conducted today?
- Total knee replacement
With this procedure, a knee joint can be completely replaced with an artificial knee joint. This was first done in 1968, and since then the procedure has become more and more refined. The artificial joint technology has also evolved, and now patients with artificial knees can rebuild thier strength until it is as good or better than it was with their natural joint. This is an open surgery procedure and requires hospitalization and follow up physical therapy.
- Total hip replacement
This is a major surgery because the hip joint is the largest joint in the body. It is a ball and socket joint, and during the surgery, both the “ball” (femoral head) and “Socket” (acetabulum) will be repaired. The damaged cartilage will most likely be replaced with metal.
- Total shoulder replacement
An arthritic shoulder can be repaired through total shoulder replacement. The joint edges will be smoothed and remodeled, so that there is no friction when the shoulder goes through its range of motion.
Dr. Greg Finch is an orthopedic surgeon who practices medicine in Buderim, Australia, at the Nuclear Medical Suites. Dr. Greg Finch has said that he is most interested in minimally invasive spinal surgeries. He is FRAC certified, and studied with experts internationally for several years before settling in Australia with his current practice.
Greg Finch also specializes in pediatric surgeries. He is a member of several organizations including the Australian Orthopaedic Association. Known for the quality of care which he provides and the precision of his surgeries, Dr. Greg Finch is well respected through out the orthopedic community.