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Total Joint Replacement

Your joints are lined with cartilage, a very tough shock-absorbing material. Injury, "wear and tear," and osteoarthritis can cause the cartilage to wear away, causing painful bone-on-bone rubbing.

When medications and therapies fail to provide relief, joint replacement is used to replace the damaged joint with artificial implants to restore pain-free motion and function. The orthopedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute are experts at joint replacement in Erie, Pennsylvania and employ the latest techniques for joint replacement of the:

Hip

Total Hip Replacement

The hip is one of the most commonly replaced joints. Osteoarthritis is the main reason for hip replacement surgery, also called hip arthroplasty. Hip replacement surgery involves removing the damaged portion of the hip and replacing it with artificial implants. These devices are a replacement for the natural hip joint and allow pain-free movement. Learn more about total hip replacement in our patient education library.

There are various surgical techniques for hip replacement, and Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute is on the forefront of innovative procedures. Our surgeons perform total hip replacement using robotic surgery technology called MAKOplasty® to ensure optimal placement of the hip prosthesis.

Have you been thinking about total hip replacement? Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic doctors in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Hip Resurfacing

Hip resurfacing is a technique used to relieve hip pain and restore function for people with arthritis or other hip conditions. Unlike total hip replacement, hip resurfacing does not remove the bones in the joint, but instead resurfaces the joint with smooth metal.

Hip resurfacing conserves bone and is a less-invasive procedure than total hip replacement. Younger active people are the best candidates for hip resurfacing. Hip resurfacing allows the majority of people to return to the activities that they enjoyed before experiencing hip pain. Learn more about hip resurfacing in our patient education library.

Find out if hip resurfacing is right for you. Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, PA.

Knee

Total Knee Replacement

While the symptoms of knee arthritis may be tolerated with medications and lifestyle adjustments, for many, total knee replacement is the only way to reduce pain, restore function, and improve quality of life.

Total knee replacement, also called knee arthroplasty, involves removing the damaged portion of the knee and replacing it with artificial implants. Total knee replacement is the most common type of joint replacement surgery and is highly successful for relieving pain and restoring joint function.

There are many artificial knee joints available, and our surgeons prefer JOURNEY II knee prosthetics by Smith & Nephew for maximal function, motion, and durability. The JOURNEY II provides greater stability, strength, and flexion than other implants, and with its Verilast® technology, lasts longer, too.

Learn more about osteoarthritis of the knee and total knee replacement in our patient education library.

Are you ready to put an end to knee pain? Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Partial Knee Replacement

Partial knee replacement, also referred to as uni-compartmental knee replacement, is a minimally invasive solution for knee arthritis. Partial knee replacement is used when osteoarthritis damages one section or compartment of the knee.

Partial knee replacement surgery replaces only the damaged area of the knee joint and leaves the healthy bone intact. People who receive partial knee replacement surgery spend dramatically less time recovering than those with total knee replacement surgery. Learn more about partial knee replacement (uni-compartmental knee replacement) in our patient education library.

Our Erie orthopedic surgeons use MAKOplasty® robotic surgery to perform partial knee replacements. The robotic technology helps orthopedic surgeons achieve greater accuracy when positioning the artificial joint. Our surgeons use the advanced Oxford® Partial Knee implant by BioMet, which features moveable plastic bearings designed to glide freely throughout the knee's considerable range of motion, more closely replicating normal movement.

Find out if partial knee replacement is appropriate for you. Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Shoulder

Total Shoulder Replacement

Severe shoulder arthritis can cause significant deep aching shoulder pain and limit your ability to move the shoulder joint. Shoulder replacement surgery, also referred to as shoulder arthroplasty, replaces the damaged shoulder bone and cartilage with artificial implants.

Most people achieve good results with total shoulder replacement and an improved quality of life because of decreased shoulder pain and improved function. Learn more about total shoulder replacement in our patient education library.

Are you ready to say good-bye to shoulder pain? Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Patients who have a completely torn rotator cuff that cannot be repaired may be a candidate for reverse shoulder replacement. The procedure may also be performed on those who have severe arthritis with rotator cuff damage or who have had prior shoulder surgery that failed.

Traditional total shoulder replacement surgery would still leave these individuals unable to lift their arm. With reverse shoulder replacement surgery, the position of the ball and socket in the shoulder joint are switched, which allows the deltoid muscle, instead of the damaged rotator cuff muscles, to raise the arm.

If you have a torn rotator cuff and want to know if you might be a candidate for reverse shoulder replacement, call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, PA.

Shoulder Hemi-Arthroplasty

Shoulder hemi-arthroplasty is commonly used to treat shoulder fractures, especially if the broken shoulder bones are significantly displaced and the blood supply is poor. The shoulder hemi-arthroplasty procedure is used to replace the top of the arm bone (humeral head) with an artificial joint. Shoulder hemi-arthroplasty is most frequently used in older adults.

To learn more about shoulder hemi-arthroplasty, call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic doctors at the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, PA.

Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Replacement in Erie, PA

If you’ve been considering joint replacement, contact the Saint Vincent Orthopaedic Institute in Erie, PA. One of our board-certified orthopedic surgeons will assess your condition and let you know if joint replacement is right for you. Call (814) 454-2401 to make your appointment today.