Orthopedic Joint Surgery
Joint deterioration can affect every aspect of your life. Activities like walking, driving and standing can become painful and challenging. Nacogdoches Medical Center can offer you solutions to maximize your quality of life. Joint and spine surgery can help you to get back to an active lifestyle and not be held back by chronic pain. Nacogdoches’ highly trained surgeons provide a variety of joint and spine surgeries:
Knee replacement surgery is really a cartilage replacement. Knee replacement implants include a metal alloy on the bottom of the thighbone and polyethylene (plastic) on the top of the tibia and underneath the kneecap. The implant is designed to create a new, smoothly functioning joint that prevents painful bone-on-bone contact. Your surgeon may elect to replace all or part of your knee, depending on your condition and the extent to which your knee is affected.
Hip replacement surgery removes the arthritic ball of the upper femur (thighbone), as well as the damaged cartilage from the hip socket. The ball is replaced by a metal or ceramic ball that is solidly fixed to a stem inserted into the femur. The socket is replaced with a metal cup, which is fixed to the acetabulum, or socket. The implants are designed to create a new, smoothly functioning joint that prevents painful bone-on-bone contact.
Neck Surgery: Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
A cervical discectomy and fusion is a surgical procedure performed on the cervical (neck) region of the spine to help relieve pressure on nerves, and perhaps even the spinal cord itself. Over time, wear and tear, arthritis or an injury can damage the structures of the cervical spine resulting in pressure and irritation to nerves and nerve roots. This pressure can cause severe pain, discomfort, and numbness not only to the neck, but down the arms as well. During the operation, a small incision is made, usually in the front of the neck, and the surgeon removes the bony material or disc that is causing the problem. In most cases, the surgeon then fuses or joins together the affected vertebrae using bone graft or bone graft and a metal plate.
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To learn more or to book an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at Nacogdoches Medical Center, call us at (866) 697-5864.