Dealing with persistent joint pain and limited range of motion can make daily tasks discouraging and almost impossible. Joint replacement surgery is a popular procedure that many people undergo to relieve this chronic joint pain and restore their overall quality of life. 

There are many different joint replacement surgeries available and depending on your symptoms and the joint affected, Dr. Hicken will determine the best type of surgery for you. The most common types of joint replacement surgery include:

Total Joint Replacement Surgery

Total joint replacement is a procedure which involves removing part of or all of the damaged joint and replacing it with artificial implants. Total joint replacement surgery can improve mobility and provide significant pain relief. Joint replacement surgery can often be done as a minimally invasive procedure, which uses smaller incisions, has shorter hospital stays, and has a shorter recovery time than traditional joint replacement procedures. 

Hip Replacement Surgery

Anterior Hip Replacement: An anterior hip replacement is a new way to replace damaged bones in the hip joint using minimally invasive techniques. Entering the hip from the front causes less damage to surrounding muscles and tendons which allows for a faster recovery and fewer restrictions on activity after surgery. 

Partial Hip Replacement: A partial hip replacement involves replacing the femoral head (the ball) only and not the acetabulum (socket). This procedure is used more in older patients suffering from a hip fracture and is an option when the socket is healthy. 

Knee Replacement Surgery

Partial Knee Replacement: The knee joint is divided into three components; the lateral, medial, and patellofemoral. If damage only affects one or two components of the knee, a partial knee replacement procedure may be recommended. This procedure involves removing damaged tissue, resurfacing existing areas, and implanting artificial parts into the affected components of the knee. 

Robotic Knee Surgery: This state-of-the-art procedure uses the NAVIO system for partial or total knee replacements. The NAVIO system works in conjunction with Dr. Hicken’s skilled hands to achieve the precise positioning of the knee implant and is customized to your anatomy by creating a 3D representation of your knee’s unique shape and profile. This technology allows for a more accurate fit and better long-term outcome. 

Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Traditional Shoulder Replacement: In a traditional shoulder replacement, the damaged parts of the shoulder are removed and replaced with artificial components. The treatment options are either replacement of just the humerus bone (ball), or replacement of both the ball and socket. 

Reverse Shoulder Replacement: A reverse shoulder replacement is a procedure where the position of the ball and socket in the joint are switched over and replaced with artificial parts. A prosthetic ball is surgically attached at the shoulder blade, and an artificial socket is then constructed at the top of the upper arm bone. By reversing the location of the ball and socket, it allows the shoulder to bypass the damaged muscles and tendons and use the muscles at the top of the arm and shoulder instead. 

Dr. Hicken uses state-of-the-art techniques for all of your orthopaedic needs, including joint replacement surgery. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hicken, please call our office at 435-787-2000.