Joint Replacement Specialist

Pro Sports and Elite Rehab

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeons & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in Vero Beach, FL

Joint replacement surgery has come a long way and made many advances. Today’s prosthetics can last for decades, and in many cases, you can have minimally invasive surgery and go home the same day. The board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at Pro Sports and Elite Rehab have extensive experience performing joint replacement surgery. You can depend on their skill and expertise when debilitating joint pain can only be fixed with replacement surgery. To learn more about joint replacement, call the office in Vero Beach, Florida, today, or book an appointment online.

Joint Replacement Q & A

What conditions may lead to a joint replacement?

In the early stages of joint disease, medications, injections, and physical therapy can help you stay active, diminish your pain, and slow down the progressive damage. But when the joint damage reaches an advanced stage, a joint replacement is your only treatment option.

Osteoarthritis is by far the most common reason people need a joint replacement. You may also need replacement surgery if you have rheumatoid arthritis or rotator cuff tear arthropathy.

You could develop severe joint damage from a traumatic injury. Though it’s rare, you may also need a joint replacement if you have osteonecrosis, a condition that cuts off the blood supply and damages the bone.

When is it time to consider a joint replacement?

You need to consider a joint replacement when:

  • You have severe joint degeneration
  • Conservative treatments don’t relieve the pain
  • You have daily pain
  • The pain stops you from doing daily activities
  • You have pain while resting

Any time you have joint pain and limited mobility, you should talk with the team at Pro Sports and Elite Rehab about your treatment options.

What happens during joint replacement surgery?

Pro Sports and Elite Rehab frequently replaces the knee, hip, and shoulder joints, but you can get a prosthetic replacement for nearly any joint.

No matter which joint gets the replacement, the procedure is essentially the same. Your provider removes all of the damaged bone and cartilage, reshapes the remaining bone to fit the prosthesis, and then implants the new joint.

Your prosthetic joint consists of metal, ceramics, plastic, or a combination of materials. The components that replace your bones are usually made of metal or ceramics. The plastic components take the place of cartilage.

All joint replacements are specially designed to mimic the normal movement of the joint. That means the parts are shaped differently, depending on the targeted joint.

Will I have an arthroscopic joint replacement?

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure. Your provider performs arthroscopy through small incisions and with specialized instruments the fit through the incisions.

Small incisions cause less trauma and often allow your provider to do your surgery without cutting through muscles. As a result, you have less pain and you recover faster.

Pro Sports and Elite Rehab performs many joint replacements using advanced minimally invasive techniques. However, some replacements and some patients aren’t good candidates for arthroscopy.

If you have arthritis and struggle with daily joint pain, call Pro Sports and Elite Rehab or book an appointment online to learn if you’re a good candidate for a joint replacement.