Bone and Joint Specialists orthopedic surgeons practice the specialized area of medicine known as Orthopedics, which focuses on the care and treatment of patients who have sustained an injury or illness to the musculoskeletal system. This includes bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Although disorders such as joint degeneration or a torn ligament may require surgical intervention, most patients with orthopedic problems are successfully treated without surgery.
Our orthopedic surgeons treat a vast array of musculoskeletal conditions, as listed below:
- Trauma and Fracture Care
- Sprains, Strains and Torn Ligaments
- Non-Surgical Orthopedic Care
- General Orthopedic Surgery
- Arthroscopic Surgery
- Sports Medicine
- Total Joint Replacement and Joint Revision
- Arthritis and Osteoporosis
- Foot and Ankle
- Hand and Upper Extremity
There are many causes of joint pain. Early Evaluation and treatment can provide pain relief even without surgery. Bone and Joint Specialists have devoted our practice to the nonsurgical treatment of joint pain/arthritis as well as total joint replacement.
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A Shoulder injury can potentially affect every aspect of a person’s life, especially an athlete who may be prohibited from participating in a sport. Arthroscopic surgery may be an option to help people return to daily activities like walking, driving or standing or a sport involving throwing, kicking or swimming.
Arthroscopy is a technique that allows surgeons to diagnose, visualize, and treat a variety of joint problems. Rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, ligament tears, damaged and loose cartilage, and many other conditions can all be treated arthroscopically. Arthroscopy is performed using an arthroscope, a small optic instrument that enables a close look at the inside of a joint through a small skin incision, which enables the patient to make a quick recovery. It was developed as a way to avoid making long skin incisions.
Arthroscopic surgery rarely takes more than an hour or two for isolated injuries. Most patients who have arthroscopic surgery are discharged within the same day. The small skin incision wounds take several days to heal. Several follow–up appointments may be necessary.
Total Joint Replacement
Losing the ability to walk or run the way you're used to is an all too common problem for some patients typically in their 50's and 60's. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative condition that over time can compromise how patients live their very lives. Fortunately, there are treatments for OA of the knee and hip that can improve painful symptoms from this sometimes debilitating disease.
If non operative measures fail to provide sufficient relief, Total Knee and Total Hip replacements are orthopedic procedures with very high patient satisfaction scores. Our orthopedic surgeons has over 14 years experience with Total Joint Replacements (TJR's) and carefully assess each patient individually in order to find the best treatment options. At Bone and Joint Specialists we like to give people back the life they love and cherish. You're never too old to be young again, so don't let chronic arthritis pain get you down. Come on in and make an appointment to be evaluated by one of our doctors today.
Approximately 700,000 hip & knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. Many joint replacement recipients experience reduced pain, increased mobility, & improved quality of life. If you are a candidate for surgery, there are several important factors to consider:
Design of the implant system
Different companies design and manufacture joint replacement systems and the instruments used to implant them. Some implants are designed to address special considerations such as weak or damaged muscles and ligaments, excessively damaged bone or abnormal bone formation. Surgeons should choose an implant system that they feel will give you the most satisfactory results.
Performance after surgery
Many factors determine how well your joint replacement will perform after surgery, including your health before surgery, following your surgeon's instructions pre and post surgery, your weight, activity level, and your participation in physical therapy including moderate exercise after surgery.
Activity and the health of your bones
When you walk and your foot hits the ground, the bones in your legs help absorb the stress of the impact. This is a natural process that helps keep your bones healthy and strong. If you stop using your legs, your bones begin to thin out and your muscles become very weak. Think of it as "use it or lose it." Therefore, it is important to maintain an active lifestyle, especially after total joint replacement.
Total Joint Replacement FAQ
When should I have a total joint replacement?
This is a very individual decision. Basically, when you are tired of pain, stiffness, and disability and are willing to undergo surgery to alleviate these symptoms. There is no right or best time.
What is the implant made of?
Usually a combination of titanium or stainless steel and high density polyethylene (plastic) are used to create the implant.
Will my insurance cover the surgery?
Almost all policies cover total joint replacement subject to individual deductibles & co-pay.
How long is the hospital stay?
Usually two to three days or until the patient is safe to perform their activities at home, usually two to three days.
What will rehab be like?
Physical therapy starts the day of surgery and continues daily in the hospital. Most patients then go home with Home Health Therapy and within three to four weeks are often walking, climbing stairs, etc., better than they did pre-operatively.
How successful is joint replacement surgery?
Over half a million total joint replacements are done in the U. S. each year. Most recipients experience reduced pain, increased mobility, and improved quality of life. Some studies indicate over 95 percent are happy are happy with their prosthesis. Factors that make a difference in your outcome include health before surgery, following the surgeon's instructions before and after surgery, your weight, activity level, and participation in physical therapy along with moderate exercise after surgery.
At Bone and Joint Specialists, we treat athletes of all ages knowing that getting people "back in the game" is important for both mental and physical well being. Doctor Bartholomew uses his vast knowledge about sports injuries to focus his clinical exam of patients. If required patients will be directed to the highest level of care in specialized musculoskeletal imaging, including MRI scans.
Patients in need of therapy for rehabilitation after an injury can count on expert guidance from a team of therapists under the direction of Dr. Bartholomew. If surgery is necessary, many sports related injuries can be treated with minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgical techniques, which further hasten the athletes return to competition. If sports are your thing, we can help. Make an appointment to see one of our doctors today.
Total Hip Replacement
- Cemented and non-cementer technology
- Traditional metal-on-plastic
- Newer metal technology
- Anterior approach technique
- Constrained total hip replacement
- Revision total hip reconstruction
Total hip replacement can be a life changing procedure. Elimination of pain, stiffness, and immobility allow most patients to “get their life back” and resume their favorite activities. Bone and Joint Specialists Orthopedic Surgeons are experienced in many options for hip surgery and would be pleased to help you decide which option is right for you including:
Total Knee Replacement
Each patient's anatomy is unique. That is why Bone and Joint Specialists board certified Orthopaedic doctors, Dr. Bartholomew and Dr Kohen use the Signature Custom Knee Replacemt alignment-guide technology specifically designed for each patient. This state-of-the-art technique utilizes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed axial tomography (CT scan) to create personalized guides that position the total knee prosthesis according to patient's specific anatomy. The advantage of using an MRI or a CT scan, unlike x-rays, a detailed three dimensional image of your anatomy is created enabling Dr. Bartholomew to accurately plan your custom knee replacement.
Dr. Bartholomew and Dr Kohen use the most modern technology to alleviate knee pain including minimally invasive knee replacement, arthroscopic knee procedures, knee replacements including partial and total knee replacement and partial knee replacement, knee injections and physical therapy for the knee. They are happy to discuss which treatment option is appropriate for you.
Our physicians at Bone and Joint Specialists would be happy to address any questions about your unique situation. Only your Orthopaedic Surgeon can help you determine which treatment option is appropriate for you.
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