Joints refer to the places where two or more bones meet. For example, the knee is the largest joint in the body and one of the easiest to injure, making it the most often treated joint by orthopedic surgeons in New Jersey and across the country.
Over the years, our joints may become weak and painful, limiting our range of motion, causing pain and restricting our daily activities. Healthy joints are cushioned by a layer of cartilage that protects bones from rubbing against each other. The effects of time and excessive wear and tear can cause cartilage to slowly erode, leaving our joints unprotected and causing pain.
Partial and total joint reconstructive surgery procedures can relieve severe pain and loss of motion in joints that do not respond to more conservative treatment. Replacement surgeries are most usually performed on the hip, shoulder or knee. Prosthetic replacement joints are made of durable materials designed to fit together smoothly and move like regular joints.
Dr. Allegra performs both partial and total joint replacement surgical procedures for patients from Monmouth County and surrounding areas. Partial joint replacement surgeries are minimally invasive procedures most commonly performed on weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips. Partial joint replacement surgeries are also performed on the hands and wrists. These surgeries replace only the damaged areas while more of the natural joint is preserved.
Patients that suffer from arthritis and other conditions that compromise the integrity of the bone are likely candidates for partial joint replacement. Partial joint replacement can also repair traumatic injuries caused by car accidents, falls or sports-related injuries.
Overall, partial joint replacements require less time in the hospital and less recovery time, making these procedures a more preferable option for suitable candidates.