Joint Replacement Specialist

Are you looking for an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement and revision surgery? Our doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are highly experienced in evaluating patients, determining the right course of treatment, and helping them gain relief from painful joint issues.

Trust our orthopedic specialists, who understand all aspects of these types of operations. The specialist you choose can make a significant difference in your recovery time as well as the quality of care you receive. Book an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons in Granville or Coshocton, Ohio today!

What Does Joint Replacement and Joint Revision Involve?

Joint replacement and revision is one of the oldest treatments used for severe arthritis cases, primarily because it’s so successful at giving people long-term relief from their pain. With advancements in medicine over the years, this procedure has become even more advanced.

Joint replacement surgery may be recommended if you are experiencing joint pain and reduced range of motion because of damaged cartilage or bone surfaces. It is often recommended when other conservative treatments fail to provide relief. However, in some cases, partial or total joint replacement surgery is the best treatment option.

During the joint replacement procedure, damaged tissue and bone are removed, and an artificial joint is implanted. Over time, new bone growth attaches to the prosthesis, allowing patients to regain joint functionality. Hip replacements and knee replacements are among the most common procedures, typically resulting in reduced pain and improved mobility when performed by a joint replacement specialist.

The results of joint replacement surgery have a limited lifespan. The components may need to be replaced in a procedure called joint revision surgery. Joint revision doctors specialize in performing these surgeries.

Patients who notice problems with their artificial joints, such as looseness, should consult a joint revision doctor for evaluation. This can occur before the expected lifespan of the artificial joint, particularly in active individuals who frequently use the affected joint.

When It's Time to See a Joint Replacement & Revision Doctor

Certain symptoms may indicate that your joints are damaged. It is essential to have these symptoms checked out by a specialist who can evaluate the extent of the damage and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Ignoring these symptoms can often make the condition worse.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need to see a joint replacement doctor:

  • Difficulty getting up from a chair
  • Experiencing grinding or bone-on-bone sensations
  • Feeling unsteady when climbing stairs, typically in the knee
  • Limping due to severe pain
  • Other treatments you’ve used to reduce pain are no longer working
  • Pain even when the joint is not in use
  • Pain that has persisted for six months or more
  • Pain that is impacting your ability to perform daily tasks
  • Progressive stiffness
  • Redness or warmth around the joint

If you already have a replacement joint and are experiencing these symptoms, you may need to see a joint revision specialist.

Conditions We Treat

At Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, we provide joint replacement surgery for a number of conditions. The following are some of the conditions that we will treat:

  • Abnormality or deformity in a joint
  • The artificial joint has dislocated
  • Artificial joint has reached the end of its normal lifespan
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Traumatic injury

What Treatments We Offer

At Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, we can provide many different joint replacement procedures. The following are some of the treatments we offer:

Total Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement is also known as total hip arthroplasty. The damaged bone and cartilage from the hip joint are removed and replaced with prosthetic components.

Total Knee Replacement

A knee replacement is also called knee arthroplasty. This surgical procedure differs from a hip replacement because only the cartilage in the knee joint is replaced, not the bones.

Unicondylar Knee Resurfacing

Unicondylar knee resurfacing is a procedure that focuses on only one component of the knee. This procedure is an alternative to total knee replacement, where just one area of the knee needs treatment.

Partial Knee Replacement (Using OXFORD® Implant)

Unlike total knee replacement surgery, this less invasive procedure—partial knee surgery—replaces only the damaged or arthritic parts of the knee. The OXFORD® unicompartmental knee uses metal and plastic implants designed to potentially last longer and wear down less easily than traditional implants.

Revision Total Knee Replacement

If your knee replacement fails, your doctor may recommend a revision total knee replacement. During this procedure, your doctor will remove some or all of the parts of the original prosthesis and replace them with new ones.

Total Shoulder Replacement

Total shoulder replacement surgery involves removing the damaged parts of the shoulder and replacing them with artificial components, called a prosthesis. Your doctor may recommend replacing just the head of the humerus bone (ball) or replacing both the ball and the socket (glenoid).

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

In the reverse total shoulder replacement procedure, the socket and metal ball are switched. The metal ball is fixed to the glenoid, and the plastic cup is attached to the upper end of the humerus. A reverse total shoulder replacement is often recommended for patients with cuff tear arthropathy, as different muscles will be used to move the arm.



Book an Appointment with Our Joint Specialist

Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating various orthopedic injuries and conditions. Our doctors always strive to provide conservative treatment before recommending surgery.

In cases where surgery is the best option, our surgeons have the necessary experience and training to perform surgical joint replacement procedures. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active. 

Taking a team approach, our joint replacement surgeons work closely with our specialty-trained therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert physical therapy services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs in order to restore function and get you back to the life you love.

To schedule an appointment with one of our joint replacement and revision surgeons at our offices in Granville or Coshocton, please request an appointment online or call (740) 788-9220 today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you will find some of the most frequently asked questions regarding joint replacements. Be sure to contact us today if you have any other questions.

How many years, on average, do joint replacements last?

A 2019 study looked into the length of time replacements lasted for both knee and hip replacements. They found that nearly 60% of hip replacements lasted 25 years, 70% lasted 20 years, and almost 90% lasted 15 years. Total knee replacements lasted longer, with 82% lasting 25 years, 90% lasting 20 years, and 93% lasting 15 years.

When can I go home after joint replacement surgery?

Most patients are able to go home on the same day or the following day after their joint replacement surgery. This is especially the case if you are a candidate for outpatient total joint replacement, where you can receive same-day joint replacement. 

When can I drive after joint replacement surgery?

Driving after a joint replacement surgery depends on the type of replacement surgery and the surgical approach. You can expect not to drive for at least 2-4 weeks.

What are the risks associated with joint replacement surgery?

Joint replacement surgery carries the same risks as many other surgical procedures. Risks include infection and blood clots. There is also the risk of the artificial joint failing.

Medically reviewed by
Alex Tancevski, M.D.