Advances in Knee Replacements

This new design allows surgeons to preserve the important central ligaments of the knee called the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments. This design should allow a knee replacement to move, respond, and feel more like a normal knee.

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The Anterior Hip

Patients are being told by both surgeons and orthopedic implant companies that Anterior Hip Replacement approach offers something unique and different compared to other approaches. This is a flatly untrue, unscientifically supported myth...

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Outpatient Joint Replacement

With Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery, patients are able to return home the same day as the procedure. Patients also begin physical therapy within hours of surgery.

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Portland, OR Joint Revision Surgery

Joint replacement is a surgical solution to treat severe joint pain caused by traumatic injury or arthritic condition. For patients suffering from severe joint pain, joint replacement surgery can offer relief from discomfort, immobility, and limited daily activities. After receiving a replacement hip or knee implant, patients often return to their previous levels of activity, uninhibited by the discomfort and limited range of motion associated with musculoskeletal disorders.

Although joint implant surgery is one of the most successful medical advancements of the 20th century, approximately ten percent of implants will fail and require revision surgery to remove the old implant and replace it with new components. Joint implants may fail for a number of reasons, including loose components, infection, dislocation, and a number of patient-related factors. Generally, differences in the patient's anatomy and physiology before and after joint implant surgery are responsible for implant failure.

Diagnosis of a Failed Implant

Patients with a failed joint implant will feel a decrease in the function of the implant, exhibited by a limp or dislocation, as well as an increase in pain. These symptoms indicate that an implanted joint may require revision joint surgery.

Only an orthopedic doctor can make a proper assessment; therefore, it is best to consult Dr. Ballard to determine if your joint requires corrective surgery. A standard assessment will be performed, including a physical examination, x-rays of the area around the joint, blood tests, and possibly, an analysis of joint fluid.

Revision Surgery Treatment

Performed to replace a worn out or infected hip or knee implant, revision joint replacement alleviates the same musculoskeletal problems patients experienced prior to replacement surgery: pain, immobility, and reduced range of motion. Because of the unique changes in anatomy and physiology that occur in a patient after the initial joint implant surgery, each procedure is treated on an individual basis. In some cases, parts of the original implant may be in perfect condition, while others may need to be replaced altogether. It is best to discuss the procedure with your orthopedic doctor to receive a proper evaluation and the best recommendation for your individual case.

Revision Joint Surgery in Portland, Oregon

With less predictable results, revision joint replacement is often more complicated than a traditional knee or hip replacement, which is why it is important to have the surgery performed by an orthopedic professional you trust. Dr. Ballard is committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality of orthopedic care. Having completed Fellowship training in adult reconstruction, Dr. Ballard holds an orthopedic expertise, and takes a special interest in revision joint replacement of the hip and knee.

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