Joint Replacement

Angus Goetz, DO, FAOAO

Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Jackson, WY

Severe, prolonged pain in your joints can make everyday tasks like walking, bending over, or playing with your kids seem impossible. Dr. Angus Goetz provides effective joint replacement surgeries at his practice in Jackson, Wyoming, that can vastly improve your overall quality of life. In addition to performing surgeries, he closely monitors your post-operative recovery. If you have an ailing knee, shoulder, or hip, call or schedule an appointment online to find out if a joint replacement is right for you.

Joint Replacements Q & A

What is a joint replacement?

Joint replacement is a common surgical procedure that involves removing and replacing parts of a damaged joint with a prosthetic device. The prosthesis, which is typically made of metal, plastic, or ceramic, helps restore full mobility and function to mirror a normal, healthy joint.

A joint is the point where two or more bones meet. Each joint — which is made of connective tissue and cartilage — is designed to allow for fluid body movements. When tissue and cartilage wear down, faulty joint movements cause pain and make normal, everyday tasks difficult.

Dr. Goetz performs total or partial joint replacement surgery to repair ailing hips, knees, and shoulders.

When is a joint replacement recommended?

A variety of health conditions can lead to joint pain and discomfort. In most cases, severe joint pain stems from damage to the cartilage that pads the ends of your bones. The most common reasons for this to occur include:

  • Fractures
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Aging

Dr. Goetz analyzes your symptoms and evaluates your condition before recommending joint replacement surgery.

Typically before surgery, he’ll exhaust non-surgical treatment options to reduce pain and alleviate symptoms — including physical therapy, exercise programs, and medication.

If these options don’t improve your quality of life, Dr. Goetz often recommends joint replacement surgery.

How do joint replacements work?

Joint replacement surgery replaces damaged cartilage and bone loss and restores function to your joint.

Dr. Goetz performs the following types of joint replacements:

  • Total hip replacement
  • Total shoulder replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement

During your procedure, you’re put under general anesthesia. Using a small incision, Dr. Goetz accesses the joint and removes the damaged surface before resurfacing it with the prosthesis. He attaches the prosthesis to the bone with a special surgical cement.

The prosthesis functions like your natural joint. After insertion and prosthesis, he closes the incision with stitches or surgical staples and applies a sterile bandage or dressing.

What happens after a joint replacement?

Recovery from joint replacement surgery varies for each patient. Dr. Goetz oversees your rehabilitation progress and provides clear-cut instructions on how to use your prosthetic joint after the procedure.

You’re likely to experience temporary pain in the treated area due to nearby muscles that have been weakened by inactivity. This should resolve within a few short months. A combination of physical therapy, strengthening exercises and pain medication will help speed up your recovery.

To learn more about joint replacement surgery, call or schedule a consultation online today.