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Hip and knee replacement

Total joint replacement involves surgery to replace the ends of both bones in a damaged joint to create new joint surfaces. At Wayne State University Physician Group, our experienced orthopedic surgeons recommend joint replacement surgery when your hip or knee pain and loss of function become severe and have not responded well to other treatments.

Hip replacement

By replacing your diseased or injured hip joint with an artificial joint, surgery can relieve your pain, increase motion and help you get back to enjoying your everyday activities.

WSUPG orthopedic surgeons offer the following procedures for hip replacement:

  • Traditional hip replacement: In this procedure, the head of the damaged thigh bone and part of the socket where the ball fits into the pelvis are both removed and replaced with metal, plastic or ceramic components. A 10- to 12-inch incision is usually needed for this surgery.
  • Minimally invasive techniques: This procedure allows your surgeon to perform the hip replacement through one or two small incisions. Patients usually have less pain compared with traditional hip replacement surgery, faster recovery and reduced risk of infection.

Knee replacement

Knee replacement surgery may be considered when arthritis and pain limits everyday activities such as walking and bending. Knee replacement surgery can eliminate pain and allow you to move easily with less discomfort. WSUPG orthopedic surgeons offer the following procedures for knee replacement:

  • Partial knee replacement: This procedure is for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee joint where the complete knee joint does not require replacement.
  • Total knee replacement: In this procedure, the damaged cartilage and bone are removed from the surface of the knee joint. The surgeon then replaces the three parts of the joint with an implanted artificial knee joint.

 For more information about orthopaedics at WSUPG, or to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, call 313-429-7977.