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Joint Replacement

At UF Health, we offer advanced joint replacement surgery and treatments to help patients across Florida and beyond return to an active, pain-free lifestyle. Our team includes experienced orthopedic surgeons, nurses, and support staff dedicated to providing our patients the highest quality care.

If you or a loved one is experiencing joint pain and limited mobility, you may be considering joint replacement surgery. Before making that decision it’s important to understand what joint replacement surgery is and if it is the right solution for you.

What is Joint Replacement Surgery?

Joint replacement surgery is a surgical procedure in which a damaged joint is replaced with a man-made joint. Joints that are commonly replaced include hip, knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow:

Joint replacement surgery, sometimes referred to as total joint replacement, is typically recommended for those who have severe joint pain, limited mobility and have not experienced relief with other forms of treatment. This may include treatments such as physical therapy and medication.

What is the Difference Between Arthroscopy and Arthroplasty?

Arthroscopy and arthroplasty are two different types of surgery that are used to treat joint problems.

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a small camera is inserted into the joint through a small incision. The camera shows the surgeon the view of the inside of the joint. This helps them identify any problems, such as torn cartilage or bone spurs. The surgeon can then repair the joint using small instruments inserted through more small incisions.

Arthroplasty, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure in which the damaged joint is replaced with a man-made prosthesis. This procedure is more intensive and is typically recommended for individuals with severe joint damage or deterioration that cannot be repaired through arthroscopy or other methods.

What are the Benefits of Joint Replacement Surgery?

Joint replacement surgery can provide a range of benefits for those with severe joint pain and limited mobility, including:

  • Relief from pain: The primary benefit of joint replacement surgery is relief from chronic joint pain. A new prosthesis can help restore normal joint function and reduce pain.
  • Improved mobility: Joint replacement surgery can help improve mobility and range of motion, allowing people to engage in activities they may have been unable to do before surgery.
  • Enhanced quality of life: Joint replacement surgery can significantly improve an individual's overall quality of life by reducing pain and improving mobility.

What Can I Expect During and After Joint Replacement Surgery at UF Health?

At UF Health, we use the latest technology and techniques to provide our patients with the best possible care. Our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons work with you to determine the best treatment plan depending on your specific needs and goals.

During joint replacement surgery, you will be given general anesthesia. This is to keep you comfortable and safe throughout the procedure. The surgeon will make an incision over the joint and remove the damaged joint and any bone spurs. The prosthesis will then be implanted in the joint.

Recovery from joint replacement surgery will be different for everyone. It will also depend on the type of joint being replaced and the individual's health. Physical therapy is typically recommended to help improve mobility and strength following surgery.

Why Choose UF Health Orthopaedic Surgery for Joint Replacement Surgery?

UF Health in Gainesville proudly offers the CORI robot system for knee replacement surgeries. The CORI robot is a highly advanced, computer-assisted system. It allows for more precise placement of the prosthesis and can help reduce the risk of complications.

At UF Health, we have a team of experienced orthopedic surgeons who specialize in joint replacement surgery. Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support to help you return to an active, pain-free lifestyle.

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