Joint Replacement Surgery Clarion, IA 

Joint pain and swelling can limit your movement and independence, impacting even the simplest activities you once took for granted. Our accomplished orthopedic surgeons at Mason City Clinic are here to help. We are pleased to offer knee, shoulder, and hip joint replacement surgery to minimize your pain, maximize mobility, and improve your quality of life. You can count on us for exceptional, compassionate care. 

Your Knee, Shoulder, Ankle and Hip Joints – An Overview

Healthy joints, smooth mobility, and proper function are closely intertwined! Your body has various types of joints that form when the ends of two or more bones meet. For example, the knee is a hinge joint, allowing bending and straightening movements. It is made up of the shin bone called the tibia, the thigh bone called the femur, and the kneecap called the patella. Shoulder and hip joints, on the other hand, are called ball-and-socket joints, providing a wide range of motion as the rounded head of one bone fits into the cup-shaped socket of another. 

What Are the Causes of Knee, Shoulder, and Hip Joint Damage?

The bones in your joints are covered by a protective layer of cartilage, ensuring smooth movement. If the cartilage gets worn down or damaged, the bones may grind against each other, causing increasing pain. This condition, known as osteoarthritis or wear-and-tear arthritis, causes pain and limits mobility. It is the most common reason patients may require joint replacement surgery. 

Aside from osteoarthritis, the following are common causes of joint damage: 

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: The autoimmune condition causes chronic joint inflammation, which, over time, can lead to joint damage. Severe cases may need joint replacement surgery to relieve the pain and improve the joint’s function. 
  • Traumatic Injury: Traumatic injury can lead to fractures or dislocations. If the joint is severely damaged and cannot be repaired through other treatments, joint replacement surgery may be the best option for reducing pain and restoring function.
  • Avascular Necrosis: Avascular necrosis, also known as osteonecrosis, results from the blood supply to a bone being disrupted. That can lead to pain, limited mobility, and joint collapse. 
  • Other Conditions: Various other conditions may necessitate joint replacement surgery. These include certain types of bone tumors, severe joint infections, and certain metabolic disorders.

Are You a Candidate for Joint Replacement Surgery?

Joint replacement may be your best option if your quality of life suffers from joint pain or lack of mobility and you have already tried other treatments such as medications, joint injections, and physical therapy. It can be a life-changing treatment for those with severe knee, shoulder, or hip pain. 

The best way to determine whether a joint replacement is right for you is to talk to our orthopedic surgeons at Mason City Clinic. We will recommend the best solution to alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life. 

We may recommend joint replacement surgery if you experience the following:

  • The joint pain starts interfering with sleep
  • You have persistent pain despite medication
  • Other treatment options like physical therapy or localized injections have failed
  • You find it difficult to perform simple daily tasks

What Are the Benefits of Joint Replacement Surgery?

Knee, shoulder, and hip replacement surgery can provide many benefits, including the following:

  • Pain relief
  • Improved mobility
  • Increased independence
  • Improved quality of life

What Does Joint Replacement Surgery Involve?

Joint replacement involves removing damaged or worn joint parts and replacing them with metal and durable plastic parts that fit snugly and glide smoothly. The artificial joint or prosthesis mimics your natural joint’s function and mobility and helps decrease the pain caused by the damage to your original joint.

The implants or prostheses are available in different sizes and are carefully selected to match your needs. Depending on the type and extent of joint damage, we will recommend one of the following joint replacement options:

  • Total joint replacement: Also known as arthroplasty, total joint replacement involves replacing the entire shoulder, hip, or knee joint with a prosthetic one. 
  • Partial joint replacement: Partial joint replacement or hemiarthroplasty involves replacing only the ball or head of the bone in case of ball and socket joints of the shoulder and hip or replacing only the worn part of the knee in case of knee replacement. 

What Is Joint Replacement Surgery Procedure?

Before the Surgery: We will take x-rays of your affected joint to guide the surgical intervention. We will also take your complete medical history and run lab tests. We usually perform the surgery under general anesthesia. You will be comfortable and will not feel any pain throughout the procedure. 

During Surgery: Our skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeon will remove the damaged bone tissues and cartilage. Next is placing your new prosthetic joint parts. 

After the Surgery: You will wake up in our state-of-the-art recovery room, where our skilled and experienced team will care for you and manage your pain. A physical therapist will begin your rehabilitation within 24 hours and help mobilize your new joint. We will provide post-operative instructions to manage pain and promote healing. 

Recovery After Discharge: Recovery is a process, and we are committed to supporting you every step of the way. Our primary focus is helping you manage your pain and use your joint as soon as possible. You will need to continue physical therapy until you achieve the full range of motion in your replaced joint. Most patients report remarkable improvement in joint function and mobility and best of all, they are free of pain!

Joint Replacement Surgery in Clarion, IA 

If you suffer from chronic joint pain, don’t wait any longer. Contact Mason City Clinic today! If you are a candidate for joint replacement surgery, we are here to support you every step of the way. Our skilled surgeons and compassionate team look forward to helping you live your life to the fullest. Call us to schedule your appointment or request one online today. 

We proudly serve patients in Iowa Falls, Charles City, Hampton, Britt, Algona, Forest City, New Hampton, Osage, Buffalo Center, Greene, Lake Mills, Garner, Belmond, Boone, Clarion, Clear Lake, Fort Dodge, Garner, Rockwell, Webster City, and the surrounding communities. 

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