The body’s joints serve many functions. They facilitate your body’s
movement, bear its weight, and provide stability. Yet, joints are vulnerable
to both acute injuries, and wear and tear damage that occurs gradually
over time. Patients who suffer from severe or chronic joint pain may consider
undergoing a joint reconstruction or replacement procedure at one of the
HCA East Florida Division.
Am I a Candidate for Surgery?
Only an orthopedic specialist can determine if you are a good candidate
for joint surgery. Your physician may ask you about your symptoms and
how long you've had them. He or she may request some diagnostic tests,
such as X-rays. And your physician may consider whether you’ve tried
conservative treatments, such as medications, assistive devices, and physical
therapy. Generally, joint reconstruction or replacement surgery is recommended
for patients who cannot find relief of symptoms with non-surgical treatment options.
What Is Joint Reconstruction Surgery?
An orthopedic surgeon may perform an arthroscopic procedure to take a closer
look at the joint. This procedure involves making several small incisions
and inserting a tiny camera into the area near the joint. Arthroscopy
also allows minor corrections of the joint, such as the removal of bone
spurs or the loosening of a tight ligament. Another option for some patients
is an osteotomy, which involves removing a small amount of bone to relieve
pain. Joint resurfacing may also be an option for you, which involves
trimming the top of the thighbone and placing a covering on top.
What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?
When a joint reconstruction procedure isn’t an option, an orthopedic
surgeon can perform a joint replacement surgery. As the name implies,
this surgery involves the
removal of the components of the joint. The surgeon will then replace them with artificial components, which
may be made of materials such as ceramic or metal. For many patients,
joint replacement surgery has relieved their pain and improved their ability
The hospitals within the HCA East Florida Division provide a range of healthcare
services, including sophisticated orthopedic care. Patients will find
options for joint reconstruction and replacement at JFK Medical Center,
Aventura Hospital, Plantation General Hospital, and our other hospitals. To locate an HCA
hospital near you with a comprehensive orthopedic program, call our Consult-A-Nurse
line at (954) 767-5748.