Care and Surgical Treatments for Your Bones and Joints
Is knee pain keeping you from the things you enjoy? Are back or hip problems a constant worry? If so, an orthopedic specialist at Centennial Hills Hospital can help. These doctors treat conditions affecting your bones, muscles and joints. They can help with problems from your feet to your spine to your neck. The goal is to reduce pain and improve function.
Keeping your musculoskeletal system healthy helps you stay active and independent. Treatment from an orthopedic surgeon can address problems that may arise.
Possible Causes of Joint Pain, Stiffness, Weakness and Numbness
Have you noticed that your bones and joints don’t feel like they used to? Getting older can sometimes lead to osteoarthritis. This occurs when the cartilage at the ends of the bones breaks down. Cartilage is the flexible tissue that forms a cushion between the bones. Pain and stiffness can result when this cushion wears away.
Other problems may be caused by:
- Sports injuries
- Other injuries and overuse
- Pinched nerves
- Herniated (ruptured) discs in the back and neck
Discs are rubbery cushions between the individual bones of your spine. They are more likely to rupture or tear as you get older. This may cause symptoms like arm or leg pain, numbness or tingling and weakness.
Find a Doctor
Ask your physician to refer you to a surgeon who provides orthopedic care at Centennial Hills Hospital. For help finding a doctor, call our free physician referral service at 702-388-4888 or search for a doctor online.
Treatment Options and Minimally Invasive Care
So what is the first step if you need orthopedic care? Your primary care or orthopedic doctor will likely start with treatments that do not involve surgery. These may include things like exercise, medications, and care from a physical therapist. If those treatments are not effective, you may be a candidate for surgery.
Iovera° blocks the pain signals from the incision site of the knee replacement for 90 days, which allows for a decreased use of narcotics during and after surgery. A reduced use of narcotics allows for a faster psychological recovery following anesthesia, a shorter hospital stay, and helps patients to be more mentally focused after surgery to initiate the physical therapy process.
The iovera° treatment is administered by the anesthesia department during an outpatient procedure at Centennial Hills Hospital and takes approximately 45 minutes. It does not require an IV, any post-treatment monitoring or restrictions on daily activities. Patients are able to drive themselves to and from the procedure. A physician referral is required.
The good news is that surgical options continue to improve. Many, but not all, orthopedic procedures can be done with tiny incisions. This is called minimally invasive surgery. Benefits can include:
- Smaller scars
- Shorter hospital stays
- Reduced pain
- Faster return to work and daily activities
What Makes Us Different
How can you know if surgery may be an option for you? Start with a quality, experienced provider. Your doctor can help determine the right treatment for you. Also consider where you will go if you need surgery. Centennial Hills Hospital has treated thousands of people. This includes knee and hip replacements.
- The hospital has earned national recognition for joint replacement surgery, including The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Core Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement, and being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as High Performing in Hip Replacement.
- Centennial Hills Hospital provides a dedicated orthopedic unit where you are cared for by a high trained team. The unit has brand-new patient rooms and a rehab gym on the same floor. This keeps the resources you need for recovery close by.
- Joint Camp patient education for total hip and knee surgery helps you prepare. Knowing what to expect can help you have a better recovery.
Technology That Can Improve Results and Recovery
What technology is offered? How can this improve your care? How can it impact results? These are questions to consider if you’re having orthopedic surgery.
Centennial Hills Hospital provides technology that can help your surgeon achieve better accuracy. This includes:
Advanced Navigation Technology
This works much like a GPS system. It can help guide surgeons through precise procedures on delicate joints.
The Mako® System for Orthopedic Robotic Surgery
This system may be used for total hip and knee replacements. It is also used for partial knee replacement (knee resurfacing). Joint replacement involves surgery to remove damaged cartilage and bone. Those parts of the knee are then replaced with artificial implants. Mako uses a robotic surgical arm to help surgeons precisely place implants. This can result in improved accuracy and better patient outcomes.
Services include total knee replacement and partial knee replacement surgery (resurfacing). Resurfacing may be a treatment option for people with painful early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.
The Mako system is used for total hip replacement surgery. It involves surgical removal of damaged cartilage and bone in the joint. These parts are then replaced with an artificial implant.
Orthopedic Spine Services
Spine surgery is offered for conditions such as disc problems and pinched nerves. Minimally invasive treatments are used whenever possible.
Meet the Team
A skilled and caring team supports you every step of the way. This includes an orthopedic surgeon who works closely with the hospital staff. Other team members include an orthopedic nurse practitioner and an orthopedic nurse navigator.
The staff can answer any questions you may have. They help you get ready for surgery and explain how to prepare. They also support you during recovery so you can achieve the best possible outcome.
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with minimally invasive procedures and any knee or hip surgical procedure, including Mako™ robotic-arm assisted surgery. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if a Mako or a minimally invasive procedure is right for you.