If you suffer from irritating joint symptoms that have begun to affect your day-to-day activities, it may be time to seek professional help. Our experienced orthopaedic surgeons believe in exploring the least invasive treatment options possible until surgical intervention becomes necessary. Whether you have injured a joint or suffer from a chronic condition, we will do our best to help you get back to feeling like yourself without sacrificing the activities you love. The center offers minimally invasive/rapid recovery, 23 hour total joint replacements, which are alternatives to large open procedures. Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons perform over 800 total joint replacements annually and hundreds of minimally invasive knee surgeries per year. In addition to knee and hip replacements, the center also offers shoulder replacement as well as small joint replacements in the fingers and toes. To minimize your pain and help you feel more like yourself again, our dedicated team of health care providers at Orthopaedic Specialists are committed to providing you the personalized attention and treatment necessary to help you regain what you’ve lost in life.
Common Joint Replacement Procedures
- Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement
- Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
- Total Shoulder Joint Replacement Surgery
- Total Hip Replacement Surgery (minimally invasive/rapid recovery)
- Small Joint Replacement Surgery in the Fingers
- Small Joint Replacement Surgery in the Toes
The most common cause of joint pain that lead to the need for a total joint replacement, is arthritis. There are different types of arthritis, however, most joint pain is caused by three main types: rheumatoid, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic arthritis.
- Pain in the joint(s)
- Joints may be warm and tender to the touch
- Boney deformities may been seen or felt around the affected joint
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is loss of cartilage (cushioning material) between the bones resulting in bone-on-bone contact. Loss of this cartilage results in pain and limited range of motion sometimes occurs. The type of arthritis that commonly occurs in the knees is called osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that may be hereditary or maybe the result of overuse (wear and tear), excess weight, developmental disorders and/or injury. Joint space narrowing as result of cartilage loss, often causes bone spurs to develop and can severely alter joint biomechanics. In severe cases, the joint may become unstable. Occasionally these alterations of normal knee function may lead to visible “bowleg” or “knock-knee” joint deformities. Osteoarthritis can be extremely painful and can cause aching, swelling, and stiff joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of “inflammatory arthritis” and due to the chronic inflammation, can lead to cartilage loss, stiffness and pain. Finally, serious knee injuries earlier in life or acutely, such as fractures or tears of the ligaments (ACL,MCL, PCL or meniscus) may also damage the cartilage over a period of time, causing arthritis later in life.
Implementing lifestyle modifications such as losing weight, switching from high impact exercise (i.e. running) to low-impact exercise (i.e. swimming or biking), and avoiding aggravating activities can be very effective for reducing pain associate with knee arthritis. Even a modest weight loss of only a few pounds can significantly effect the amount of joint pain you’re experiencing. Supplementing with glucosamine, chondroitin or other natural anti-inflammatories may be helpful. Other non-surgical treatments to help relieve pain and discomfort associated with mild cases of arthritis include taking anti-inflammatories, wearing a knee brace or sleeve, using a cane, wearing energy absorbing shoes or inserts, and/or receiving corticosteroid injection(s). While non-surgical treatment can relieve mild cases of the condition, surgery may be necessary if it continues to worsen.
Total Joint Specialists
Dr. John Hoffman
Dr. Hoffman completed his fellowship training in Sports Medicine with subspecialties in arthroscopic surgery for athletic injuries. With this specialized training, Dr. Hoffman is able to offer his patients the latest surgical techniques to get them back in the game and to life more quickly. Dr. Hoffman also performs over 800 minimally invasive surgeries per year and 600 total joint replacement procedures. Through advanced techniques and improved practices he has minimized his patients’ length of hospital stay, intraoperative transfusion rates, complications and postsurgical pain and recovery time, and is able to offer patients a rapid recovery program through outpatient and 23 hour hospital stays for total joint replacements.
Dr. Tuvi Mendel
Tuvi Mendel, MD performs hundreds of minimally invasive knee surgeries per year. Dr. Mendel is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who has been in practice for over 17 years. To better serve his patients, Dr. Mendel completed a world-recognized foot and ankle fellowship with the prestigious Dr. Roger Mann Fellowship in San Francisco.
Dr. Mendel’s advanced training and the minimally-invasive surgical techniques he employs help minimize stress on the body, reduce scaring and get patients back on their feet as soon as possible. As an experienced leader in minimally invasive knee surgery, Dr. Mendel is able to offer alternatives to get you feeling better, faster. Dr. Mendel is also able to offer his patients the ability to have total joint replacement in a minimally invasive manner, allowing for outpatient and 23 hour total joint procedures.
Orthopaedic Specialist’s occupational therapists are specifically trained to rehabilitate patients with knee disorders. You will receive a fully tailored therapy plan to help maximize the results of your recovery period following surgery.
For more information about your knee treatment options, please schedule a consultation with one of our specialists, Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Mendel, today by calling (563) 344-9292.