Not many years ago, the implantation of new body parts after injury or age has compromised their function sounded like science fiction. But with rapid advances in medical technology and know-how, total joint replacement (also known as “arthroplasty”) has now become an almost commonplace solution to a host of orthopedic problems that people formerly had to live with—often in great discomfort and pain.
That said, the decision to undergo joint replacement surgery should be undertaken only after careful consideration and consultation with highly qualified medical providers.
At Santa Rosa Orthopedics, our board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons have performed countless total joint procedures with the goal of enhancing our patients’ function and enjoyment of everyday life, free of pain and the restricted movement that it often causes.
Total joint procedures are performed to repair severe injuries or to replace joints destroyed by arthritis and other bone diseases. Weight-bearing joints are naturally under the greatest strain and are more likely to lose protective cartilage over time, particularly the hips and knees. Shoulders, however, are subject to their own unique strains and are a common focus of joint replacement surgery.