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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Minimally Invasive Surgery in Portland, Oregon

Dr. James Ballard, head surgeon of ROC Orthopedics, specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions with minimally invasive procedures, such as arthroscopic surgery. Minimally invasive procedures offer important advances and advantages over traditional open surgeries.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Information

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is an advanced surgical technique that benefits patients with the same results as a traditional ‘open surgery’, while potentially reducing the physical and emotionally traumatic aspects of pain and recovery.

The most common MIS procedures include:

  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement and Partial Knee Resurfacing

Hip Replacement Surgery

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint composed of the acetabulum and femoral head. The socket is formed by the acetabulum, which is a part of the pelvis bone, and the ball is the femoral head, which is the upper end of the femur.

If a patient presents an issue with the hip, there are two surgical procedures that can be performed: a traditional hip replacement or the minimally invasive hip replacement. The orthopaedic surgeon will evaluate the patient to determine the best treatment option.

In a traditional hip replacement surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon will make a 10 to 12 inch incision on the side of the hip. During the surgery, the muscles are split or detached from the hip, allowing the hip to be dislocated.

In a minimally invasive hip replacement, the orthopaedic surgeon will make one or two smaller incisions. A minimally invasive surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis, and will potentially benefit the patient with less pain and quicker recovery.

Partial Knee Replacement Surgery

The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the easiest to injure. It is made up of the lower end of the thighbone (femur), which attaches to the upper end of the shinbone (tibia), and the kneecap (patella), which slides into the end of the femur.

Partial knee replacement surgeries are considered when arthritis limits the patient’s daily activities, such as bending, walking, and climbing stairs. Dr. Ballard may recommend a partial knee replacement to a younger and/or healthier patient after non-surgical treatment methods fail to alleviate pain.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Minimally invasive surgery has revolutionized many fields of medicine over the past years. Because fewer muscles and tendons are disturbed, the reconstruction is more natural, making the wound close easier and recovery faster. Additionally, common benefits of an MIS procedure include:

  • Less pain
  • Less muscle damage
  • Faster recovery
  • Faster rehabilitation
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less scarring

Minimally Invasive Surgery with Dr. Ballard

Dr. James C. Ballard, with offices in the greater Portland, OR area, is committed to excellence by pledging to provide the highest quality orthopedic care. Dr. Ballard specializes in minimally invasive procedures, including minimally invasive hip and knee replacements. To make an appointment with Dr. Ballard, please call our Oregon City or Tualatin, OR office at (503) 656-0836.