Replacement Arthroplasty

Replacement Arthroplasty

Safe replacement of damaged joint cartilage

Damaged Joint cartilage leads to degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other conditions that hinder the performance of daily activities. In this case, replacement arthroplasty can restore the joint function. Replacement arthroplasty is a surgical treatment that replaces the damaged joint with an artificial joint. The procedure can treat the joint on the knees, hips, shoulders, and ankles.

When should I have replacement arthroplasty?

When feeling pain in the knee joint while performing daily activities
• When the pain in the knee joint persists all-day
When taking a rest or medications cannot relieve chronic inflammation or swelling
Deformity of the knee: when the knees bow in or out
Stiff knee: when having difficulty in flexing and straightening the knees
When non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines are no longer effective
When taking painkillers cause discomfort or complications
When physical therapy is not effective

Normal Joint Cartilage

Degenerated Joint Cartilage

The application of replacement arthroplasty

Total knee arthroplasty

Knee joint

• Degenerative arthritis
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Tuberculous arthritis
• Traumatic arthritis

Hip joint

• Avascular necrosis in the femoral head
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Degenerative arthritis
• Femoral neck fracture
• Traumatic arthritis

Why is replacement arthroplasty needed?

Replacing a dysfunctional joint with a new joint can be the best treatment for reducing pain, improving the quality of life, and preserving or increasing the joint function. After receiving the replacement arthroplasty, patients testified that they were able to walk, swim, play golf, hike, and participate in other activities without feeling the pain.

Replacement arthroplasty at Nanoori Hospital

Nanoori hospital has a high success rate in performing the artificial joint implant with accuracy at an optimal angle
• The minimally invasive surgical treatment gives minimal pain, minimal loss of blood, short hospital stay, fast recovery, and enhancement in physical appearance
Based on each patient’s age, health condition, and personal requests, Nanoori Hospital provides a customized treatment that is best suited for the patient
The patients with knee joint problems experience the enhancement in knee joint function with increased flexibility and mobility

Before Replacement Arthroplasty

After Replacement Arthroplasty

Artificial joints are chosen with consideration based on their shapes, sizes, and the patient’s joint condition:

• Ceramic artificial hip joint: has a long life span
• High-flexion artificial joint: increases flexibility
• Partial joint replacement: replaces only a part of a damaged joint
• Movable type: implanted artificial joint moves in the joint

Cautions after Surgery

• Apply a warm compress for 10 to 15 minutes before exercising the knee. After exercising for 30 minutes, apply a cold compress for 20 to 30 minutes.
• Regularly practice flexing and extending the knee within the range where you do not feel the pain.
• If you have difficulty in extending your knees, put a pillow under your ankles while sitting on a flat surface. Then, gently press the knees with both hands. You may also apply a warm compress to ease the stiff muscles around your knees. Extending the knees is important in order not to limp.
• For up to 2 months after surgery, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and hot sensation around the operated area.
• A warm place is an excellent environment to practice flexing and extending your knees once the wound from the surgery completely heals. However, avoid a hot bath or a sauna.
• Walk for 30 minutes every day to strengthen your thighs and lower back muscles.