Joint Replacement

A total joint replacement surgery, or an arthroplasty, removes an arthritic or damaged joint from the body and replaces it with an artificial joint, or prosthesis. This surgery can be performed almost anywhere in the body but is most often used for the hip and knee joints. Additionally, a joint replacement can be performed to protect joints from the effects of avascular necrosis (bone death) and other bone disorders.

The goals of a total joint replacement surgery include:

  • Safely reconstructing the joint
  • Promoting long-lasting pain relief
  • Improving the function of the joint
  • Protecting surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons

Ultimately, the artificial joint will perform like your natural joint – without the pain.

What Is a Joint Replacement Made Of?

The joint will be replaced with a manmade implant composed of a strong titanium or cobalt-chromium alloy and a heavy-duty, wear-resistant plastic. This combination will mimic your original joint and can allow for a full range-of-motion recovery. Most of these replacements last 15-20 years, making them the perfect option for those who are looking for an active, pain-free lifestyle.

Our bodies are intricately connected. Ensuring that each part is working properly is the best way to protect the rest of the body. For example, putting off a knee replacement for too long can cause a significant limp that damages the hips, puts pressure on the spine, or weakens the muscles of the legs.

Make an Appointment Today

Dr. Michael Higgins has extensive training in both Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery and is prepared to help you make the right choice for your body. Contact us today at 352-688-6035 to learn how Dr. Higgins and the experienced staff at Hernando Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery can help you return to a healthy and pain-free lifestyle.

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