Knee Replacement

The knee is the largest hinge-type joint in the body. Knee problems are common and can occur from injury, wear and tear, or diseases such as arthritis. For many, knee replacement is the only way to relieve pain, restore function, and improve quality of life.

Three bones comprise the knee joint: the lower end of the thighbone (femur), the upper end of the shinbone (tibia), and the kneecap (patella). Each is covered with a protective cartilage that allows the bones to glide smoothly.

When this cartilage erodes with age or injury (a disease process known as osteoarthritis), the bones rub together and can cause severe joint pain. During knee replacement, the damaged surfaces of the femur, tibia, and patella are removed and replaced with artificial implants.

Based on your lifestyle, level of pain, and other factors, your doctor will help you decide if and when knee replacement is right for you. There are many types of artificial joints available that can be custom fitted to your knee, making knee replacements more comfortable than ever before.

At Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group, we perform total knee replacements and partial knee replacements. To ensure these implants are positioned properly, our total joint experts use computer-assisted surgery. We also use special techniques to limit the size and number of incisions required to operate, resulting in less scarring, pain, and down time.

Total Knee Replacement

During a total knee replacement, your surgeon will make an 8- to 10-inch incision on the side of your patella (kneecap). This procedure may be recommended for cases of severe arthritis in which all of the knee cartilage has completely worn away.

Partial Knee Replacement

Instead of replacing the entire knee, partial knee resurfacing replaces only the part of the knee damaged by arthritis. Once the diseased cartilage is removed from the affected compartment of your knee (either the inside or outside), an implant is placed on the ends of the thighbone (femur) and shinbone (tibia).

The healthy cartilage and bone in the rest of the knee is left alone. Because of this, partial knee resurfacing often feels more “natural” than a total knee replacement

It can take several weeks to fully recover after knee replacement. Physical therapy is an extremely important component of your recovery. Your doctor and therapist will work together to create a personalized rehabilitation care plan that meets your needs and goals.

When it comes to knee surgery, the total joint surgeons at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group offer world-class skill and precision. Our patients report very high levels of satisfaction as a result of their surgery and the care they received. From diagnosis to surgery and rehabilitation, our goal is to help you move toward an active, pain-free lifestyle.

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Hip Replacement

Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint, which allows bending and straightening of your body and movement of your lower limbs. The hip is one of the most commonly replaced joints, and osteoarthritis is the main reason for hip replacement surgery and other joint procedures. Other conditions, such as a traumatic fall, may also require the need for a hip replacement.

There are two types of total hip replacements: traditional and anterior approach. In both procedures, the ball (top part of the femur, or leg bone) and hip socket are replaced. What differs between these two procedures is the placement of the incision, which can be on the side or front (anterior) of your hip. Using computer-assisted surgery, our total joint experts can ensure the proper positioning of your hip implant.

Total Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement surgery involves making a 10- to 12-inch incision on the side of the hip. The muscles and tendons are detached from the hip bone and the hip is dislocated to allow access to the joint. This procedure is typically recommended for severe arthritis in which the bones of the hip joint painfully rub against each other.

Following hip surgery, you will go through several weeks of physical therapy. Working together, your doctor and therapist will customize a treatment plan for you and create a seamless continuum of care, from your initial diagnosis to surgery to recovery.

When you need a hip replacement, you are in good hands at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group. If you are a candidate for hip replacement, our joint reconstruction specialists offer several approaches for this procedure. Your surgeon will determine which technique is best suited for you.

Call us at (719) 632-7669 and request a consult at one of our convenient locations.

OrthoPath

Here at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group, we want patients to have a positive surgical experience and obtain the best outcome possible. That’s why we use OrthoPath, a plan that supports a Medicare program to better prepare patients for their surgical procedure. OrthoPath is designed specifically to help patients gain a better understanding of their care and to facilitate communication before, during, and after surgery.

This customized treatment plan assists patients, their family members, and their care providers in navigating the complexities of the recovery phase and rehabilitation after surgery. OrthoPath also provides patients with valuable resources to help manage expected and unexpected issues affecting recovery.

We have a designated nurse case manager who is part of the healthcare team and helps patients navigate this process and track their care.
Questions? Call us at (719) 632-7669 and we would be happy to discuss our unique OrthoPath process with you.

What is OrthoPath?

OrthoPath is a Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group initiative created to support a Medicare program to provide you with better care. The goal is to increase communication and collaboration between you and every provider involved in your recovery process.

How does OrthoPath benefit you?

OrthoPath benefits you in a couple of important ways. It connects your healthcare providers with you in your recovery process and allows them to view your progress and anticipated milestones.

It also engages you, as well as key family members or friends, in your recovery process to provide clearer and more accurate information.

The diagram below shows the four main stages of OrthoPath:

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