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Total joint replacement, or in other words, arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves removing a damaged or an arthriticjoint surface and replacing it with a ceramic, plastic, or metal device. Sometimes referred to as the prosthesis, the device features a design that replicates and moves like a natural, healthy joint.

Sometimes, a patient can qualify for partial joint replacement, where they only have a portion of the joint replaced. Uniarthroplasty of the knee has been shown to be successful in select patients.

If you have a damaged or arthritic joint, Dr. Matthew Ragsdell, DO, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Regenesis Ortho is highly trained and experienced in knee replacement, shoulder and hip replacement, including anterior hip replacement.

What Happens in Total Joint Replacement (Arthroplasty)

Regenesis rthopedics offers comprehensive diagnosis and patient-driven treatment plans for patients who suffer from degenerative conditions involving the knee, hip, or shoulder. Our highly skilled orthopedic specialist approaches every patient’s case with the highest level of diligence, employing a customized treatment plan that considers each patient’s unique requirements. Here are the steps involved in arthroplasty.

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Before Arthroplasty

Normally, our specialists will prepare you for joint surgery. Before the procedure, we will recommend a diet program, exercise, or physical therapy you can follow some weeks before the surgery. This helps ensure you’re healthy to proceed with the surgery and recovery.

Before the actual surgery, you may be required to undergo several tests, e.g., a chest X-ray, an electrocardiogram, and blood work to assess your overall health. In addition, you may need to visit a health care specialist, preferably your primary care provider, for a pre-surgery assessment. Depending on your health history, we may consider performing an MRI or CT scan for procedure planning.

Additionally, it’s vital to inform us about any medications you could be taking and your general health history. That way, we can identify any specific medication you may need to pause taking (mostly blood thinners) before the operation while also advising the best time to stop taking meals before the procedure.



During Arthroplasty

When you come in for arthroplasty, we will deploy advanced skills and state-of-the-art technology to ensure you get the best care possible. During your surgery, Dr. Ragsdell will decide on the technique to employ, depending on the joint requiring replacement and the type of surgery. Expect to receive anesthesia right before the procedure to ensure you don’t feel pain during the actual operation.

Like most surgical procedures, our specialist will need to make cuts (incisions) to access the damaged joint and replace it with an artificial counterpart. Our orthopedic surgeon will typically use surgical glue, staples, or stitches before wrapping the joint with a dressing to cover up the incisions.

To promote fast, effective healing, Dr. Ragsdell will perform minimally invasive surgery to perform the procedure. Such procedures use special tools and relatively fewer incisions, which means less recovery time compared to traditional methods. The surgeon will identify and recommend the best approach for you, depending on the situation.



After Arthroplasty

Your health will determine how soon you go home. In other words, Dr. Ragsdell will advise on whether you need a day or two at the hospital or can go home the same day. Consult with him about recovery planning and have someone take you home after discharge.

It’s normal to feel pain a few days after the arthroplasty procedure. Also, note that performing tasks or getting around by yourself could prove strenuous, meaning you might need help to go about such. During your recovery period, see that you:

  • Take the prescribed medication for prevention of blood clots.
  • Perform your home exercise program and physical therapy as advised by your provider.
  • Maintain clean and covered incisions, following the provider’s instructions on replacing the bandage, taking a bath, etc.
  • Avoid physical activity and take all the time to rest
  • Elevate the joint while you rest
  • Take narcotic pain medication only when your pain level requires it.



A Note by Regenesis Orthopedics

At Regenesis Orthopedics, we boast a team of qualified practitioners dedicated to offering the best orthopedic care you can access. In addition, we’ll help you regain a healthy, pain-free lifestyle from surgical procedures to physical therapy. Contact us today to book an appointment!

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Recent Reviews

"Dr.Ragsdell did a wonderful job for me on my total hip replacement!! Our son went with me for the first visit and Dr. Ragsdell explained all of it to us. We leftfeeling as if we had our answers!! He's always kind and patient!!"

– Debbie Fassler

"Would recommend this practice to anyone looking for Orthopedic help. Dr. Ragsdell explained everything in a manner I could understand. 100% improvement with my knee. His staff also top notch. So glad I found them."

– Thomas McLaughlin Jr.

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