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Orthopedic procedures

When you need joint pain relief, you’ll appreciate knowing about the expert care St. Joseph Health orthopedic doctors, support staff and rehabilitation services provide to our patients.  

When to seek help from an orthopedic doctor

  • Joint pain while standing or moving
  • Decreased activity
  • Giving out or locking of joint
  • Abnormal stance or walk
  • Swelling
  • Loss of joint movement

There are numerous causes of joint pain. Your orthopedic doctor will use your medical history, examination, X-rays, and possibly blood work to determine the cause of your joint pain and make treatment recommendations.

Is total joint replacement best?

Rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis resulting from previous injury, correction of bone deformities, and trauma are several conditions treatable by joint replacement through orthopedic surgery. A correct diagnosis is essential before starting treatment.

Your orthopedic doctor will work diligently to reach an accurate diagnosis and communicate all of your options to you. So the first step is to set an appointment with one of St. Joseph Health’s highly skilled orthopedic surgeons. You’ll get an honest, open, and fully detailed recommendation that is designed for your lifestyle and personal goals.

How long will an artificial joint last?

The life of any implant will depend on your weight, age, activity level, and other factors. But artificial implant development has excelled, and the duration of replacements has increased dramatically overall.

For more information on risks, warnings, and possible adverse effects, see the Patient Risk Information section found within Your orthopedic surgeon can also answer your questions based on a wealth of experience.

There was a time when patients were advised to wait as long as possible for joint replacement through orthopedic surgery. With the advancements in artificial joints and implant parts, that is not necessarily the case anymore. Your orthopedic surgeon can advise you, so please don’t wait to set up your initial orthopedic surgery consultation.


Read what our patients have to say.

“Since my hip replacement my life has improved dramatically. I felt immediate pain relief. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!”

~Melinda Green, Patient

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