It’s very common for joints to become damaged. Joints can be injured fairly easily or be afflicted with conditions like arthritis. The doctors at Trinity Orthopedics use personalized care and a conservative approach to heal injuries, meaning that surgery is typically a last resort at our clinic.
However, our doctors are also experienced surgeons, and Dr. Iagulli is our resident arthroscopic specialist, so we are able to offer joint replacement surgeries to those who truly need implants.
In this video, arthroscopic specialist Dr. Nicholas Iagulli explains the types of joint replacement offered at our Hurst orthopedic clinic.
Partial or Total Joint Replacement?
When a patient undergoes a joint replacement surgery, there are several options offered at our Hurst orthopedics clinic. The options range from partial to total replacement with the options in between depending on how much damage is done to the joint.
Partial joint replacements are done in the setting of an isolated compartment in the joint when the cartilage is still in good condition. This means that only parts of the joint are damaged and one or two pieces of the joint need to be replaced. The main benefit of a partial joint replacement is that it only requires a small incision, reducing the recovery period and giving the implant a more natural feel.
However, it’s not very common for only one section of the joint be damaged. More often multiple compartments in the joint or a majority of the cartilage is damaged. Patients in this condition typically benefit more from a total joint replacement. The surgery is more extensive, making the recovery longer, but our doctors have always had excellent results from these procedures. With either surgery, you may require physical therapy and pain management, which Trinity Orthopedics is happy to offer simple and quick access to.
Are you hurt? If you have injured a joint or are suffering from a condition that is harming your joints, joint replacement might be perfect for you. Contact us or call 817.283.5252 to schedule your appointment.