Is Joint Replacement Surgery Right For You?

It’s estimated that 40 million people in the United States have some form of arthritis. That’s one in seven people. There are more than 100 types of arthritis; and almost all of them can cause extreme pain.

Advancements in joint replacement technology such as wear-resistant materials make prosthesis more durable and longer lasting. This allows a growing number of people in their 40’s and 50’s to become candidates for joint replacement surgery, while greatly reducing the percentage of patients that will need a second revision surgery in their lifetime.

  • Non-Surgical Options
    Your doctor will consider factors such as age, health status, weight and activity levels before determining the appropriate treatment method. For less severe hip pain, non-surgical treatment options may be suggested. These treatments may include rest and medication. When non-surgical options fail to provide adequate pain relief, joint replacement surgery may be suggested.
  • Who is a Candidate for Joint Replacement Surgery?
    Joint replacement surgery may be considered for those suffering from arthritic knee or hip pain that severely limits the activities of daily living. It is only recommended after careful examination and diagnosis of your particular joint problem, and if more conservative measures such as exercise, physical therapy and medications have proven ineffective.

Joint Replacement & Minimally Invasive Options

The MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center at Long Beach Medical Center offers traditional replacement surgeries for the hip and knee by a skilled orthopedic surgery team, with thousands of joint replacement surgery cases experience combined. The MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center at Long Beach Medical Center has a number of options to get you back to the things you love.

Patient Specific Instrumentation (PSI) System

A 3-D model of your hip or knee will be used to pre-plan and assist your surgeon in performing total knee replacement surgery. This technology streamlines total knee replacement surgery by ensuring accurate and reproducible placement of the guides when compared to conventional instrumentation requirements.  

Mako Technology

The Joint Replacement Center offers the latest and most effective treatments for hip and knee replacement, including Mako™ Technology — the first robotic-assisted surgery of its kind for hip and knee pain sufferers.  

Mako technology brings a new level of precision to treating patients with knee and hip pain. Mako Technology provides a 3-D model of your unique anatomy to assist your surgeon in pre-planning and precise placement of knee and hip implants. Mako procedures we offer include:

  • Mako Partial Knee Resurfacing
    Performed using the proven robotic arm assisted technology, Mako provides surgeons precision to address only the diseased portion of the knee, retaining as much of the natural knee as possible — including healthy bone and ligaments.  
  • Mako Total Knee Replacement
    Through CT-based 3-D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy.
  • Mako Total Hip Replacement
    Performed using the proven robotic arm assisted technology, Mako provides surgeons precision in placement of implants.

Joint replacement is often indicated as a “last resort,” but technology and times are changing — you don’t need to suffer needlessly. The MemorialCare Joint Replacement Center at Long Beach Medical Center has a number of options to get you back to the things that you love.

For more information, visit memorialcare.org/lbjointreplacement.

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