Joint Replacement Treatment Options

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"All the nurses were wonderful. They controlled my pain so well. What stood out the most was there was absolutely no pain in the procedure. It’s amazing to be able to move again.”

-Ralph Osterhout of Winnipeg, Canada

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Altru’s Joint Replacement Center

Altru’s Joint Replacement Center offers joint replacement treatment options that will help you lead a happier, healthier life with less pain. Our goal is to relieve joint pain long-term and get patients back to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

At the core of Altru’s Joint Replacement Center is our comprehensive education and exercise program, beginning before surgery and continuing with group physical and occupational therapy after surgery. We use minimally invasive surgical procedures, which allow for less damage to surrounding tissue and faster recovery times. And, our unique group program provides excellent educational opportunities designed to jumpstart your recovery.


Am I a Candidate for Joint Replacement Surgery?

Joint replacement surgery is becoming more and more common—over 1 million Americans have a hip or knee replaced each year. It’s one of the safest and most reliable surgeries in modern medicine, and many patients experience lifelong relief from joint pain after their surgery.

Over time, joints, such as the hips, knees and shoulders, can become damaged by arthritis and other diseases, sports injuries or simply years of use, or wear and tear. This can cause pain, stiffness and swelling. Symptoms and conditions that may benefit from joint replacement treatment options include:

  • Arthritis
  • Joint disease
  • Persistent joint pain that limits your daily activities
  • Joint pain that has not responded to conservative forms of treatment, such as medication, exercise or physical therapy

Age and activity level are not always the best factors for deciding whether you need joint replacement. When determining if joint replacement is right for you, here are a few questions to consider:

  • Does your joint pain keep you awake at night?
  • Do you have a family history of osteoarthritis?
  • Do you experience mobility restrictions due to joint pain?
  • Does your pain keep you from doing things you enjoy?

If you have any questions about whether you may benefit from joint replacement, speak with a provider.


What Are My Joint Replacement Treatment Options?

Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement for Knees and Hips

As part of our robust joint replacement program, specialists with Altru Advanced Orthopedics use the Mako™ Robotic-Arm to perform:

The Mako system creates a 3D model of your anatomy, enabling surgeons to develop a presurgical plan that customizes implant size, positioning and alignment specific to your needs. During the surgery, the Mako system provides real-time data, 3D visualization and audible, tactical feedback, ensuring that the surgeon can operate precisely according to a plan specific to your needs. In turn, the joint replacements are more accurately placed, with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue and bone.

Key benefits for patients include:

  • Extremely accurate anatomical placement
  • Less pain
  • Quicker recovery
  • Minimal blood loss during the procedure

Your surgeon will work with you to determine if joint replacement with Mako is right for you or if a different option suits you best.

Learn more about orthopedic surgery options available at Altru.

Shoulder Joint Replacement and Repair

Specialists at Altru Advanced Orthopedics offer arthroscopic surgery, open surgery, shoulder replacement, reverse total shoulder replacement, shoulder resurfacing and joint reconstruction to relieve your shoulder pain.

Whether you’re experiencing pain from a fracture, dislocation, arthritis or rotator cuff injury, our providers can work with you to create a tailored treatment plan that will help you return to the activities you enjoy, without shoulder pain.


How Should I Prepare for Joint Replacement Surgery?

Over the course of your surgery, recovery and rehabilitation, we want you to be fully informed and prepared. We will provide you with resources about what you can expect, classes offered, and details about specific procedures, recovery and rehabilitation so you can prepare for your visit.


Why Choose Altru’s Joint Replacement Treatment Options?

Altru’s Joint Replacement Center is designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Blue Distinction Centers provide comprehensive knee and hip replacement services and outperform their peers in quality and safety measures.

Altru’s Joint Replacement Center is located within Altru Specialty Center, conveniently located adjacent to Altru Professional Center where you will go for clinic and follow-up visits. Find location information.


If you are interested in learning more about joint replacement, schedule an appointment with Altru Advanced Orthopedics by calling 701.732.7700 or through MyChart. To reach Altru’s Joint Replacement Center directly, call 701.780.5441.