Orthopedic Implant Procedures
Orthopedic implants are used to replace damaged or troubled joints and performed only by highly specialized and trained surgeons. Each implant procedure involves removal of the damaged joint and an artificial prosthesis replacement. Orthopedic implants are mainly constructed of Titanium alloys for strength and lined with plastic to act as artificial cartilage. Some are cemented into place and others are pressed to fit and allow your bone to grow into the implant for strength. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss all of the implant options available to best suite your needs.
Types of Orthopedic Implants
Orthopedic implants are available for the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow. Each implant is designed to withstand the movement and stress associated with each individual joint and to provide increased mobility and decreased pain. The primary need for orthopedic implants is the result of osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease. When cartilage is worn down painful bone to bone contact occurs. Cartilage break down occurs as a result of excess body weight and or the lack of joint movement. Implants are suggested as an option only if all non-surgical treatments have failed, including weight loss.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Orthopedic Implants
Orthopedic implants are not all designed the same. Different manufacturers use different theories to develop the right product for each specific application. The advantages of orthopedic implants are: increased mobility, reduced pain and a higher quality of life. The disadvantages are: a strict post-surgery recovery plan, infection, and possible malfunction.
Choosing an Orthopedic Surgeon
Education and training, board certifications and years in practice, as well as, history of disciplinary action taken against the doctor are all factors in choosing your surgeon.