Since the first hip replacement surgery in 1960, joint replacement has been one of the most successful operations in medicine. More than 950,000 joint replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States. Leaders in joint replacement technology include companies like Stryker Performance Solutions, Zimmer and DePuy Synthes, an affiliate of the Johnson and Johnson company.
The most common reason for joint replacement is pain. Patients may have high functioning joints, but due to unbearable pain, they eventually succumb to having the joint replaced. Fortunately, joint replacement is not the only or even the best option available for those suffering from severe joint pain. In fact, eliminating pain doesn’t always mean replacing your natural joint with an artificial one.
The Consequences of Joint Replacement
A total joint replacement surgery permanently alters the natural anatomy of a joint. Unlike arthroscopy, replacement surgery typically includes a large incision from eight to ten inches. For the prosthetic device to be implanted, the natural joint must be removed. The existing cartilage and bone are shaved, and the remaining bone is remodeled with orthopedic power cutting and grinding tools until the two ends of the joint are properly shaped for placement of the new metal or ceramic implant. Once sized, the implant is cemented or screwed securely into place. Afterwards, the rehabilitation period ranges from weeks to months. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the original symptom of pain will be relieved. Although constructed of metal and ceramic, normal “wear and tear” on the artificial joints will occur, meaning the hardware will not last forever. For middle and younger aged people, this fact will likely lead to a second or even a third implant revision surgery to replace the worn out artificial joint.
Total joint replacement should always be the last resort when treating joint pain. Patients should have exhausted conservative treatments such as medications, steroid injections and, in some cases, Synvisc injections to help lubricate the failing joint. Typically, they will have undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair some of the damage to the joint. This process usually involves removing damaged cartilage and shaving bone tissue to create a smoother surface. At some point, the role for arthroscopy alone is inadequate, and patients are only given the option of a total joint replacement. At ARO, our mission is to get your active lifestyle back without joint replacement surgery.
The ARO Alternative
Our group of highly skilled, multispecialty physicians and surgeons work together to fuse different technologies like arthroscopy, denervation as well as stem cell technology and regenerative medicine into one streamlined three-day process. Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery is a less traumatic alternative to joint replacement and provides faster healing time. Stem cell regenerative medicine takes the body’s natural cells and uses them to reduce inflammation and promote healing. Denervation techniques reduce the sensation of pain the sensory nerves in the joint. The ARO difference is in combining advanced technologies to offer a viable alternative to joint replacement.
In preserving the natural joint and targeting your body’s ability to heal, we can help you become pain-free so you can get back to doing the things you love more quickly. Call 1-844-688-8875 or fill out the form to contact us and get a no-cost MRI review to see how ARO can help you get back your mobility.