Joint Replacement Center
Your Journey Begins Here
If you have decided to pursue improved mobility and pain relief through joint replacement surgery, we invite you to begin your journey with us. The Southeast Georgia Health System Joint Replacement Center has the technology, expertise and experience to successfully guide you through this life-changing surgery.
The experts at the Joint Replacement Center perform hundreds of total joint replacement surgeries each year—employing innovative technologies like a computer-assisted navigation system that increases surgical accuracy for better outcomes and a higher quality of patient care. And, because we utilize minimally invasive techniques, you are likely to have a shorter hospital stay and a more enjoyable recovery.
Our goal is to provide a totally integrated team approach for an improved quality of orthopaedic care. We also offer extensive patient education and a comprehensive continuum of care designed to ensure you receive the information, care and support you need throughout every step of your journey.
Joint Replacement: The Journey of a Lifetime
Whether you are receiving a total hip or knee replacement, or a partial knee replacement, you are embarking upon a life changing journey. You can generally expect relief from pain that has not responded to other treatment options, greater mobility, and a return to activities you enjoyed before the need for surgery. Today’s artificial joints can last up to 20 years depending on your age, weight and activity level.
Common Causes of Hip and Knee Problems
Hip and knee problems can occur as the result of wear and tear over a lifetime of activity, or from injury or disease. The most common causes are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis — both of which not only cause pain, but eventually decrease mobility and significantly threaten independent living.
Deciding Factors for Joint Replacement Surgery
An orthopaedic surgeon can best determine if you are a candidate for joint replacement surgery. Joint replacement surgery is considered only after other treatments have failed to restore mobility or provide adequate pain relief. Factors that largely influence a patient’s decision whether to have joint replacement surgery include:
- Physical examination and X-rays showing evidence of significant joint damage
- Disruption of the ability to work or enjoy hobbies
- Joint pain that persists even when at rest, making sleep difficult
- Avoiding use of the affected joint because of the pain
- Failure of non-surgical treatments to manage your pain
- Difficulty with activities of daily living
- Avoiding social interaction because of the pain
Common Misconceptions About Joint Replacement Surgery
Some people believe they are “too young” and should postpone joint replacement surgery. They believe that by waiting until they are older, they can make their implants last for the rest of their lives. The fact is that today’s improved implant materials result in replacements that last as long as 20 years, which can greatly enhance the quality of life for a patient during their prime years. Also, while a period of conservative treatment is advisable, waiting too long for surgery actually gives bone and cartilage more time to deteriorate, which may cause difficulties with the procedure and make rehabilitation more difficult.
On the other hand, patients mistakenly believe that seniors in their 70s and 80s are too old for joint replacement surgery. Again, the facts say otherwise. Advancements in medical technology have made surgery an option for patients of any age.
Total hip replacement surgery involves surgically replacing the arthritic joint with a new hip socket and stem that fits inside the femur (long thigh bone). The stem supports a ball that fits into the socket and helps restore motion.
Total knee replacement surgery involves resurfacing the knee joint with an artificial joint made of extremely durable metal and/or plastic. A partial knee replacement is performed when cartilage damage is limited to only one side of the knee joint. The procedure is similar to a total knee replacement, except that it is limited to the affected side of the joint.
Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery
Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery is an innovative procedure for partial knee replacements and total hip replacements. This method allows surgeons to achieve unmatched levels of personalization and reproducible precision in knee and hip implant position and alignment.
From a pre-operative CT scan, a 3-D virtual model of the patient’s unique knee or hip anatomy is generated and a personalized surgical plan for bone removal and implant size, position and alignment is developed.
During surgery, the highly advanced, physician-controlled robotic arm provides real-time visualization and measurements, enabling surgeons to make adjustments as needed and to control implant placement, optimizing its fit. The Mako procedure only targets damaged areas of the knee and hip, preserving the surrounding healthy bone and tissue.
Mako robotic-arm assisted surgical procedures for the knees and hips can deliver reduced pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and increased mobility.
Joint Replacement Education
To help prepare patients for what to expect throughout their joint journey, we offer a joint replacement education book to all our joint replacement patients. Patients recieve a hard copy of this book during their physician office visit, but they may also access a digital version of this book here.
Patients are encouraged to attend a patient education class.
The result of joint replacement surgery for the overwhelming majority of patients is a freedom of mobility they have not experienced in years. Standing, walking, even exercise, are no longer distant memories, but now, everyday enjoyable activities. Through joint replacement surgery, we will accompany you on a joint journey to restore your freedom of mobility.
The orthopaedic experts at the Southeast Georgia Health System Joint Replacement Center carefully plan every step of your care to ensure a speedy and successful journey to recovery. Here are some additional reassuring facts:
- We perform hundreds of joint replacement surgeries every year
- We apply advanced and innovative technologies to increase surgical accuracy and improve outcomes
- We earn high patient satisfaction ratings year after year, as well as high ratings for quality of care, compassion, pain management and the training level of our clinicians
- You are assigned an entire team of experts who are specially trained in the care of joint replacement surgery patients
- That same team never forgets that you are an individual with unique needs
At the Joint Replacement Center, we are committed to restoring quality of life to the patients of our community — one joint at a time.
For more information about the Joint Replacement Center and patient education classes, please call us at 912-466-2323 or toll free at 1-800-537-5142, ext. 2323.