Common Orthopedic Surgeries
Orthopedic surgeons perform a wide array of orthopedic surgeries for addressing various different parts of the body. These procedures are invasive in nature, but are basic and routine.
Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute, led by board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler, provides orthopedic surgery to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada and also serving greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, Mesquite, NV, and surrounding communities.
The knee is a highly used joint in the body. Unfortunately, it tends to get over-used to the point of injury many times. Knee replacement surgery may be performed by your surgeon for replacing a part or the entire joint with artificial components.
In most cases, knee replacement is necessary because the joint cartilage is damaged which makes it painful to move or restricts movement.
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is an important part of the knee. It runs diagonally across the knee towards the front. The ACL is responsible for keeping you stable when you rotate the leg. Reconstructive surgery is required if this ligament gets torn. The surgery involves taking a small part of tendon from somewhere else in the body. The part is then grafted on the damaged part. This is not a major surgery and patients can usually return home the same day.
Hip is another common joint that is usually replaced. The hip is made up of the femoral head (the ball) and the acetabulum (the socket). Like the knee, hip cartilage tends to wear over time as well. This is especially true if it is damaged. The entire joint needs replacing in most cases. However, you may choose to get Birmingham Hip Resurfacing in which only the damaged part is replaced.
Shoulder is another common joint replacement surgery. The upper part of the arm bone or the humerus is replaced with a metal ball in most cases. The surgeon will put in a plastic replacement for replacing the damaged part of the socket. However, in case the rotator cuff is damaged, the socket will be made of metal and the arm bone will be replaced with a plastic component.
Arthroscopy can be performed on the shoulder or knee. It is a minimally invasive procedure allowing surgeons to place a tiny camera in the body near the joint. It allows for a clear image of the damage. You may need to get the arthroscopy done before a shoulder or knee replacement to allow the surgeon to determine the extent of damage.
You may need a joint fusion procedure if you suffer from arthritis. Cartilage will be taken from an uninjured part of the body during the surgery and grafted on the damaged area. Once your surgeon performs this procedure, the bones on either side of the joint will fuse together. This helps in stabilizing the joint to a significant extent. The procedure can be successfully performed in the fingers, spine, feet, and ankles.
Board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Thomas and Dr. Bigler receive patients from Las Vegas, Nevada and also serving greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, Mesquite, NV, and nearby areas for orthopedic surgery.
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