Joint replacements are recommended when a joint has deteriorated and the joint surfaces need to be replaced with artificial materials. This procedure is commonly performed on hips and knees, and some smaller joints like the ones in shoulders, wrists and hands can also be replaced. Joint replacement surgery is usually considered only after other treatment options have failed to provide adequate relief from pain or disability.
New advances in minimally invasive joint procedures, such as partial knee and partial hip replacements, promise faster recoveries, so you can get back to living life at your own pace.
Ligament reconstruction refers to a type of surgery that is done to help rebuild ligaments that have been damaged. In some cases, ligaments will heal without surgery, but in most instances surgery is necessary for future stability of the joint. Ligament reconstruction uses healthy tendon tissue to repair a damaged ligament. Some of the more common ligament reconstruction surgeries involve the knee, such as ACL or PCL reconstruction, to repair tendons that support it.
For many types of tendonitis and joint inflammation, an injection of cortisone, a strong anti-inflammatory medicine, can be an effective way to reduce or eliminate joint pain and swelling. This treatment is most often used in joints like the hips, knees and shoulders.
Shoulder joint replacements are recommended when the joint has deteriorated and the joint surfaces need to be replaced with artificial materials, usually metal and high-density plastic. Shoulder replacement surgery is usually considered only after other treatment options have failed to provide adequate relief from pain or disability.
When the tendons and muscles of the rotator cuff are overly stretched or damaged, the shoulder may become unstable. If your pain does not improve with nonsurgical methods, or if you are very active and use your arms for overhead work or sports, surgery may be right for you. Depending on the type of repair needed, there are different surgical approaches available, from minimally invasive arthroscopic repair, a partial open repair and the traditional open surgical repair.
From your shoulder to the tips of your fingers, your hands and arms are almost always in motion. If pain or injury starts to slow you down, you need experts you can trust. Our orthopedic hand surgeons have advanced training in the treatment of hand, wrist and elbow issues and injuries. Their knowledge and experience can help you regain range of motion and function.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Osteoarthritis and Trigger Finger Treatment
Whether you need to relax a trigger finger, relieve pain from carpal tunnel or even replace your thumb joint when arthritis has made it immovable, our orthopedic team has the experience and expertise to help you.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Joint Replacement
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease characterized by inflammation of the lining of the joints. It can lead to joint damage causing chronic pain and loss of function and disability. Since rheumatoid arthritis presents itself in many different ways, our experts tailor treatments to the individual patient. Care may range from medications and therapy to joint replacement surgery.
Post-Accident Fracture and Nerve/Tendon Damage
Our specialists provide emergency orthopedic care and post-traumatic surgical services for patients who have bone, joint or soft tissue injuries due to trauma, such as automobile accidents, industrial accidents, acute sports injuries or falls. From repairing simple fractures to treating life-threatening situations with multiple broken bones, Olathe Health’s orthopedic team works closely with emergency physicians, general surgeons, plastic surgeons and other specialists to to provide patients with comprehensive and immediate care for their injuries.
Cara Coffelt has a lot to celebrate. She recently retired after a 28-year career at Tri-Ko, Inc., a day and residential care facility for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. And, thanks to a recent knee replacement surgery, she is looking forward to living an active retirement with less pain.