Joint replacement surgery can be an effective way to eliminate pain and dramatically improve a patient’s quality of life. Joint replacement surgery is generally considered only after other treatments have been tried first.
A variety of surgeries are offered including:
- Hip replacement
- Knee replacement
- Ankle replacement
- Shoulder replacement
- Elbow replacement
- Wrist replacement
- Finger and knuckle joint replacement
Preparing for Joint Replacement
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If only some of the joint is damaged, our orthopaedic surgeons may be able to repair or replace just the damaged parts (partial replacement). In more severe cases, a total joint replacement may be the best option.
Our process starts long before the surgery. For example, our Total Joint Replacement Class helps our knee and hip replacement patients understand the procedure, its risks and benefits, and what they’ll need to do before and after the surgery to help make it successful. We keep all aspects of patient care in mind – from the initial patient assessment through preparation, the procedure, home care and therapy afterwards – which leads to better outcomes.
Joint and Spine Center
The Joint and Spine Center at Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital serves as the health network’s hub for total joint replacements and elective spine surgeries.
Expertise in Multiple Conditions
Many conditions can lead to the need for joint replacement, including arthritis, injury, fracture and infection. Because we are part of an academic medical center, we have the experience to expertly care for patients no matter what conditions prompt their joint replacement. We also can consult with additional specialists to plan comprehensive care when other medical conditions impact a patient’s health.
Our advanced diagnostic capabilities and state-of-the-art technology help us make an accurate diagnosis for each patient. We use resources such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CT scans, electromyography (EMG), motion analysis and our Gait Lab to help diagnose conditions that may require joint replacement.
The orthopaedic surgeons and specialists at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin are highly skilled at all types of joint replacement surgery, including minimally invasive surgery. From total joint replacements to partial, redo or joint reconstruction surgery, we take an evidence-based approach to treatment options, developing the right plan for each patient.
We have access to an implant bank, giving us literally hundreds of implant options for joint replacements. We also offer the entire spectrum of treatment options related to joint disorders, including arthroscopic joint reconstruction and nonsurgical options.
Rehabilitation and Therapy
High-quality rehabilitation and therapy after the surgery is vital to strengthening the new joint and having a positive long-term outcome. Our world-class rehabilitation specialists include physical therapists and occupational therapists dedicated exclusively to joint replacement. Their unique therapy approach helps patients get on their feet sooner. They use techniques that reduce pain, restore function, rebuild strength, and help patients return to their homes and normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.
Our Medical College of Wisconsin orthopaedic physicians and surgeons are fellowship-trained and leaders in their fields nationally. We take a multidisciplinary team approach, working closely together to deliver the best care possible. We also perform a high volume of joint replacement procedures, which research shows leads to better patient outcomes.
Research is an important part of our mission, and we participate in significant orthopaedic research to advance joint replacement techniques and understanding.