At MedStar Georgetown, we offer the most advanced care and treatment for arthritic hips and knees including joint replacement. Our general approach incorporates MedStar Georgetown’s value of cura personalis, which means caring for the whole person. One of our top priorities is to educate you on the details of your condition and address all questions and concerns you have. Then, we will advise you and your family on a treatment plan that includes the most effective surgical approaches.
We offer a variety of cutting edge procedures that benefit you with more precise surgery, faster recovery times, better pain management and better results.
Over time, cartilage in the hip can wear away or become damaged, causing the bones to rub and grind together. This causes much of the pain and stiffness patients feel. Although people frequently associate joint pain with an injury or fracture to the hip, other common causes of a damaged hip include:
- Breakdown of the joint's cartilage (osteoarthritis)
- Cartilage injuries
- Decay of the bone from long-term use of alcohol or steroids (necrosis)
- Hip impingement
- Inflamed and stiff cartilages (rheumatoid arthritis or gout)
- Labral tears
- Loose bodies in the joint
Many hip problems can be managed with physical therapy and rehabilitation; however, depending on your situation, your doctor may recommend surgery or a replacement.
In a total knee replacement, damaged tissue is removed and the knee joint is resurfaced using artificial materials. The surgery is an option for patients who suffer from advanced arthritis of the knee or joint problems that limit basic activities and have not responded to other treatment.
- Partial (Unicompartmental) Knee Replacement
In partial knee replacement, the surgeon removes only the damaged portion of the knee, leaving the healthy parts untouched. Only one compartment is replaced, compared with three compartments in a full joint replacement. About 20 to 25 percent of those who need knee replacement are candidates for a partial knee replacement.
- Rotating Platform Knee Replacement
Rotating platform knees are designed to accommodate more normal movement of the knee and allows the knee to slightly rotate while it flexes and extends, accommodating your body's normal need for rotation. They provide more fluid movement and minimal wear, allowing implants to last longer.
Hand, Wrist and Elbow Joint Replacement
When advanced arthritis does not respond to non-surgical treatment, surgery may be a good option. Joint replacement surgery is a procedure where a joint damaged by arthritis is removed and replaced by an artificial joint. Joint replacement can help improve your range of motion and restore your ability to use your hand, wrist, or elbow with less pain.
Learn more about hand, wrist and elbow joint replacement.
Prepare for Your Joint Replacement
Your care team is here help you understand what to expect when you need to have joint replacement surgery. The following videos will give you information about your specific procedure, how to prepare for the day of surgery, and your return home. They also go over what to expect in terms of pain management, physical and occupational therapy, and some equipment you might find helpful after surgery.