Total Joint Replacement
The Total Joint Service at The University of Texas Health Science Center provides treatment for the full and partial replacement and reconstruction of joints. Our fellowship-trained doctors specialize in the treatment of a wide variety of common and exclusive reconstruction procedures for the joint replacement of the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow.
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint. In 2011, almost 1 million total joint replacements were performed in the United States. Hip and knee replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacements, but replacement surgery can be performed on other joints, as well, including the ankle, wrist, shoulder, and elbow.
Several conditions can cause joint pain and disability and lead patients to consider joint replacement surgery. In many cases, joint pain is caused by damage to the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones (articular cartilage)—either from arthritis, a fracture, or another condition. If nonsurgical treatments like medications, physical therapy, and changes to your everyday activities do not relieve your pain and disability, your doctor may recommend total joint replacement.
Our team of highly-trained specialists bring the highest-level of orthopedic care to Houston and the surrounding communities. With 26 locations in the Greater Houston area, our Total Joint Reconstruction doctors are able to offer the winning combination of world-class care and convenience. We are dedicated to creating the most accessible network of Total Joint specialists, offering appointments within 24-48 hours.
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