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Orthopedic Replacement

Orthopedic replacement is a branch of medicine that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic replacement is when an orthopedic surgeon performs surgery to treat musculoskeletal injuries. The musculoskeletal system is made up of:

  • Muscles
  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons

The aim is to improve the range of movement around the joint so that the patient no longer lives with pain. Orthopedic replacement is the most advanced surgery performed in the medical industry. 

3 Common Orthopedic Replacement Questions Answered

orthopedic replacementWhich joints can be replaced?

Orthopedic replacement can be performed on different joints in the body. Surgical procedures include:

  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Total shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Most orthopedic replacement procedures are minimally invasive. It requires only a small incision to remove and replace damaged joint materials. Here are some of the common conditions that orthopedic surgeons treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone fractures and traumas
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Sports injuries

What is the difference between arthroplasty and replacement?

There is no difference between arthroplasty and joint replacement. The two terms involve the same procedure. The term ‘orthopedic replacement’ can seem scary at first. This is why orthopedic surgeons use the term arthroplasty instead.

Orthopedic replacement is not as invasive as it sounds. The orthopedic surgeon only removes and replaces a small part of the joint. This is a procedure called a partial joint replacement. 

Is joint replacement permanent?

An orthopedic replacement is designed to last a long time, yet it will not last forever. There are a lot of factors to consider that determine the time frame. This includes:

The age of the Patient

Younger patients tend to be more active. It is likely they will need a revision for orthopedic replacement.


Certain activities may not be recommended for those who have an orthopedic replacement. This is because some activities can put stress on the area and cause it to weaken. It is important to speak to your orthopedic surgeon about the best exercise program. There are ways to integrate a healthy routine into your new lifestyle. 


Maintaining a healthy weight can have huge benefits for those with an orthopedic replacement. This is because it also puts less stress on the joint area. This is particularly important for those with hip and knee replacements. 

Hip Replacement 

Hip replacement surgery involves replacing a damaged hip joint with an artificial implant. Adults of any age can opt for a hip replacement if they are living with pain. The most common age range is between 60 and 80 years old. A hip replacement lasts for around 15 years.

The benefits of having a hip replacement, when healed after surgery include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved range of movement

A sudden injury or underlying condition such as arthritis can cause hip pain. Treatment will vary depending on the cause. Take the hip quiz to see how Western Orthopedics can help you.  

Knee Replacement 

Knee replacement surgery is a complex procedure that requires a knee specialist. An orthopedic surgeon removes the diseased portions of your bone. They shape the remaining bone to assist the knee implant. Finally, the surgeon builds the artificial knee inside of your leg. They will do this one component at a time, to create a practical artificial joint. 

A sudden injury or underlying condition such as arthritis can cause knee pain. Treatment will vary depending on the cause. Take the knee quiz to see how Western Orthopedics can help you.

Shoulder Replacement

A shoulder replacement surgery involves removing damaged areas of your shoulder. The orthopedic surgeon then replaces them with artificial parts. The procedure aims to relieve pain and improve mobility.

A sudden injury or underlying condition such as arthritis can cause shoulder pain. Treatment will vary depending on the cause. Take the shoulder quiz to see how Western Orthopedics can help you. 

Need An Orthopedic Replacement?

Western Orthopedics offers non-surgical options as well as the most complex orthopedic surgery. Their orthopedic surgeon is an expert in:

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Sports medicine

Book a consultation today to find out how orthopedic surgeon Dr Pavitar Sunner can help you.

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