Joint replacement surgery in Denver
When nonsurgical means aren't enough, our joint replacement surgeries aim to help you get your life back.
The board-certified orthopedic surgeons at OrthoONE in Colorado's Rocky Mountain Region, work to get you back on your feet, living the life you want. We do that by using our many years of experience as well as the latest minimally invasive technologies and techniques.
Is joint pain affecting you?
If you are concerned about the health of your knees, our brief assessment helps you determine how joint pain may be affecting you and what you can do about it.
Joint replacement services we provide
Joint replacement surgery is serious, but our commitment is to improving your overall health and wellness. Anything we can do to provide better outcomes for you is something that we cherish, and that starts with implementing new technologies to further our surgical practices.
Types of joint replacement surgery we offer
We specialize in joint replacement surgeries for your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles, and we use minimally invasive surgical techniques to benefit you. With minimally invasive surgery, there's less pain and scarring, and you get to recover even faster. Our joint replacement surgeons in Denver also offer robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery at our OrthoONE at Swedish Medical Center, OrthoONE at Rose and OrthoONE at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center locations.
Your ankle, or tibiotalar joint, is where your shinbone (tibia) rests on the top of your foot, the talus bone. Ankle replacement surgery can become necessary if your arthritis has escalated to the point where you have persistent joint pain, swelling and difficulty walking. This pain and inflammation occurs after smooth cartilage on the surface of your bones wears away from wear-and-tear over long periods of time.
An ankle joint replacement removes damaged parts of your tibia and talus, replacing them with plastic or metal prosthetics that mimic your natural joint. We offer several types of ankle replacements and are prepared to offer personalized treatment for you particular condition.
Depending on the severity of your condition, we offer several types of total and partial hip replacement surgery. Our surgeons are also able to provide more effective hip care through prioritizing minimally invasive surgical techniques. Both for anterior (surgery from the front of the hip) and posterior (surgery from the back of the hip) we use leading-edge techniques. These only require small incisions to achieve what was once only possible through invasive surgery with larger incisions.
The goal of a hip replacement is to use prosthetics to eliminate persistent hip pain caused by arthritis. If your condition is more acute and not arthritic in nature, you may be a candidate for a partial hip replacement. Additionally, between us and our partners, we also offer revision joint replacements for when your joint replacement has become loose or worn out.
If you are experiencing knee pain that hinders your ability to perform daily activities — such as standing up, walking, using stairs or even just sitting — knee replacement surgery may be right for you. This procedure cuts away damaged bone and cartilage from the bones in your knee and replaces them with prosthetics. Ultimately, the type of prosthetic that is used and the type of surgical technique will be determined by your age, weight, overall health, size of your knee and allergies you may have to prosthetic materials.
Historically, knee replacements bring about less pain and a much higher quality of life. With your full commitment to postoperative exercise and a rehabilitation plan, you have the potential to be back at full function within a few months.
Like hip and knee replacements, shoulder replacement surgery uses arthroplasty to remove damaged bone and cartilage from your shoulder, replacing them with metal or plastic prosthetics.
Whether your condition demands a total or partial shoulder replacement, surgery may become necessary if you are experiencing osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, osteonecrosis or fractures and rotator cuff injuries. The procedure aims to relieve the constant pain of these symptoms, increasing your strength and improving your functionality and range of motion. We understand how critical your shoulder is to daily function, and want to help you be able to perform activities with greater ease.
Joint replacement surgery is never one-size-fits-all, even when it comes to implant type. Although metal implants are usually the norm, it is possible for you to have an allergy to either the metal implant or the implant fixation product (sometimes called "bone cement"). In some rare cases, there could be an allergy to both.
Nickel allergies are extremely common, and nickel is frequently used in knee replacement joints. At our OrthoONE at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center location, we offer alternative joint replacement methods in case you have an allergy to traditional joint replacement products. Ensuring you quickly and safely return to maximum function is our priority, so we will accomplish this in whichever way benefits you the most. To know for certain if you have an allergy to conventional replacement joints, we can refer you to another facility for formal allergy testing prior to surgery.
Press fit knee replacement
As knee replacement technology continues to evolve, we are always looking for ways to improve the experience. We understand the prevalence of bone cement allergies, so press fit knee replacements don't use cements or glues to attach the artificial knee to the bone. Instead, they use porous metal implants that allow your bone to grow and permanently bond to the implant without the use of cement.
How to know if you need joint replacement surgery
Joint replacement surgery is usually a last resort. We will always first review and implement nonsurgical treatments whenever possible.
Depending on the severity of your condition, we may need to consider surgical options if your pain has gotten unmanageable and you have experienced any of the following:
- Difficulty sitting or lying down
- Ineffective rounds of medication
- Ineffective rounds of physical therapy
- Medication side effects
- Persistent joint pain that limits everyday activities