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Orthopedic Doctors & Surgeons

You can leave pain behind and return to an active lifestyle with Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis’ Joint and Spine Center. We take a multidisciplinary approach to ensure continuity of care and maximize your results. Here you’ll find a standardized plan of care and a compassionate team of doctors and nurses working to reduce or eliminate your pain.

With our advanced technology and techniques, you can rest assured you’re getting exceptional orthopedic care and services. We offer a wide range of treatments and procedures to help with all your symptoms, from nonsurgical options to minimally invasive procedures that can result in less scarring, less pain and faster recovery than traditional surgical procedures.

How can I assess my knee/hip pain?

If you experience pain and chronic stiffness when walking, standing or getting up from a chair, or if you simply can't do the things you enjoy doing, the orthopedic surgeons affiliated with Saint Francis Joint and Spine Center may be able to help. Patients who suffer from neck, back or leg pain may need the latest procedures for treatment of these problems involving the spine. Our goal is to help in the process of relieving your pain and restoring your mobility and freedom of movement.

What is joint replacement?

Joint replacement surgery involves replacing a damaged joint with a new one called a prosthesis. These new joints usually are made of special metals, such as stainless steel or titanium, and durable, wear-resistance plastic. Prostheses are designed to be accepted by the body and resist corrosion, degradation and wear so they can last at least 10 to 15 years. Hips and knees are the joints replaced most often, but shoulders, fingers, ankles and elbows can be replaced as well.

Joint replacement is usually considered after exercise, walking aids, physical therapy or medications cannot relieve pain and improve mobility. Surgery for hip replacement patients, for example, can help lessen problems walking up and down stairs or make it easier to stand from a seated position. Joint damage is caused by osteoarthritis, injuries, other diseases, joint wear caused by years of use, bone tumor or blood loss due to insufficient blood supply. Symptoms of joint problems include pain, stiffness and swelling.

Treatment Options

Before surgery, the surgeon evaluates the patient’s range of motion and joint strength, takes a medical history and reviews medications currently being taken. Blood tests and X-rays also can be ordered. The doctor may put a small, lighted tube called an arthoscope into the joint to check for damage.

In some cases, only the damaged parts would be replaced, not the entire joint. During a hip replacement surgery, diseased or damaged bone and tissue is removed and a metal stem and attached ball is then inserted into healthy bone and tissue that are left intact.

New joints can be cemented into place to hold the new joint to the bone, or the prosthesis can be placed without cement so bone can grow and attach to it. A prosthesis is designed to duplicate the mechanical properties of the joint being replaced. A prosthetic knee, for example, will be flexible enough to bend without breaking and strong enough to bear weight.

Joint and Spine Center hip and knee surgery information available here.

After Surgery

Most hip and knee replacement patients are discharged from the hospital three to five days after surgery. Patients will be encouraged to stand and start walking soon after surgery with a walker or crutches. Pain from sore muscles or surgery can be helped with medication and usually disappears in a few weeks or months. Physical therapy exercises will help regain motion in the joint.

More than 90 percent of joint replacement surgeries are successful. However, if problems do arise, most can be treated. Possible complications from joint replacement surgery include infections, blood clots, loosening, dislocation or wear of the new joint, or nerve and blood vessel injury. Hip replacement patients also may experience a change in leg length or joint stiffening. Following hip replacement surgery, most patients eventually will be able to swim, play golf or bike ride comfortably, but high-impact sports such as basketball and running would not be possible.

The Joint Commision - National Quality ApprovalSaint Francis Hospital-Memphis has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for its hip and knee replacement program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes the hospital's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

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