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Partial vs. Total Joint Replacement

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Partial vs. Total Joint Replacement

Differences Between Partial & Total Joint Replacement

When it comes to surgical procedures that treat orthopedic health issues, it's important to understand the difference between partial and total joint replacement. The orthopedic health experts at Fox Valley Orthopedics are here to shed some light on each of these common procedures and when each may be appropriate.

What is a Joint Replacement?

Joint replacement, also known as arthroplasty, is an orthopedic surgical procedure where the damaged portion of a joint is removed and replaced with an implant to allow the joint to move without pain or impaired mobility. This prosthetic replacement is typically metal, plastic, or ceramic.

Total Joint Replacement

With a total joint replacement, two or more areas of a joint are affected by damage or disease and require replacement with a prosthesis. In most cases, total joint replacement is the recommended course of treatment for those suffering from joint damage.

Total joint replacement is appropriate for patients who:

  • Have arthritis affecting both the ball and socket of a joint.
  • Have two or more areas that are damaged or diseased.
  • Are in need of shoulder or hip replacement.

Partial Joint Replacement

Partial joint replacements are less invasive procedures that, as the name suggests, only involve the removal and replacement of one part of the affected joint rather than the ball and socket both being replaced.

A smaller number of patients qualify for partial joint replacements. This type of arthroscopy is typically reserved for those who:

  • Have suffered from a fracture.
  • Have an isolated case of arthritis or disease.
  • Their condition is not affecting the socket of the joint.

Orthopedic Care in Fox Valley

At Fox Valley Orthopedics, we can help you get back to a pain-free, comfortable life. If you have been dealing with aches and pains that have lasted for more than a week, don’t put off getting help another day. Call (630) 584-1400 today to schedule your appointment.