The hips and the knees perform incredibly important functions for nearly everyone, and take a beating doing so. Along with the ankles, the hips and knees are the main weight-bearing joints and are crucial to everyday movement and performance in nearly all sports, activities and occupations. They are also some of the most often injured joints in the body and the most commonly replaced joints.
At Summit Health Orthopedics, we don’t just replace worn-out or damaged hip and knee joints. Our hip and knee doctors treat all manner of knee injuries and causes of hip pain—those that require surgery and those that do not. We offer a multitude of care options, from more conservative treatments like physical therapy and corticosteroid injections to minimally invasive procedures such as meniscus repairs and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions. We also offer partial and total hip and knee replacements.
Hip & Knee Replacement
Hips and knees are by far the most commonly replaced joints in the U.S. Joint replacement involves removing damaged bone and cartilage and replacing them with artificial components made from metal and plastic to relieve joint pain and restore mobility .
Although a total joint replacement—also known as arthroplasty—is usually necessary only when other treatments have failed, research strongly suggests that most patients have less pain and enjoy life more after undergoing an arthroplasty. If conservative treatment methods like anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, hyaluronic acid injections or physical therapy have failed to resolve your hip or knee pain, then you may be a candidate for total joint replacement.
Surgeons have been replacing joints since the 1960s, and now perform approximately one million hip and knee replacements every year in the United States. Our surgeons at Summit Health have improved the lives of countless patients by performing these safe and effective procedures on knees, hips and other joints.
Our coordinated team at Summit Health is here to make the process as easy as possible so you can focus on feeling your best. We will help you set goals, manage your expectations and monitor your progress every step of the way.
Close follow-up care is crucial to a full recovery. Our Orthopedics Department collaborates with outstanding experts from other Summit Health specialties to ensure you have a full team working to help you get better.
If chronic hip or knee pain impairs your life, consult with one of our orthopedic surgeons to see if you are a candidate for total joint replacement. Request an appointment today.