and Joint Replacement Dr. James W. Cahill • Dr. Paul E. Kovatis • Dr. Michael C. Distefano
Joint Replacement Surgery
About Cahill Orthopedics
At Cahill Orthopedics, we have extensive experience with joint replacement surgery. Our surgeons frequently continue their training to bring the latest advances in joint replacement to patients, including outpatient surgery and robotic-assisted joint replacement.
Our surgeons only recommend joint replacement surgery when more conservative treatments for arthritis have failed. If joint pain interferes with a patient’s everyday life, and conservative treatments do not provide sufficient pain relief, we may recommend joint replacement surgery to improve the patient’s quality of life.
Learn more about our expertise in joint replacement with the topics below.
Arthritis, fractures, or other injuries can lead to severe hip pain. Hip pain can interfere with everyday activities, making even simple tasks like walking or bending difficult or impossible. Nonsurgical treatment options like medication, physical therapy, and activity modification may be helpful for some patients. In other cases, where hip pain is severe and does not respond to nonsurgical treatment, hip replacement surgery may be an option. During a hip replacement procedure, the damaged portions of the hip are removed and replaced with prosthetic components to allow for ease of movement.
Conditions like arthritis can severely damage the articular cartilage in the knees, leading to pain, stiffness, and disability. For some patients, nonsurgical treatments like medication, physical therapy, and activity modification may be sufficient in managing knee pain. However, if nonsurgical treatment does not yield improvement or the knee arthritis is severe, knee replacement surgery may be an option. During a knee replacement procedure, the damaged portions of the knee joint are removed and replaced with prosthetic components designed to mimic the function of a healthy knee. In most cases, patients who undergo knee replacement surgery are able to return to normal activities with less pain and improved knee function.
Dr. Cahill keeps current on the latest developments and technology in joint replacement surgery to provide the best results for patients. Mako joint replacement is one of the newest technologies impacting joint replacement surgery. With Mako robotic-assisted technology, Dr. Cahill is able to pre-plan the procedure based on a 3D model of the patient’s own anatomy. This leads to more accurate implant placement, quicker recovery, and greater long-term satisfaction with the procedure.
Outpatient joint replacement is a great option for patients who prefer to recover in the comfort of their own homes. In addition to being able to recover at home, outpatient joint replacement has many other benefits, including decreased risk of infection and blood clots after surgery. Dr. Cahill works with an outpatient surgery center that is highly experienced in patient safety protocols, and he and his team also make sure that patients are properly educated before surgery so that they are able to recover at home safely and comfortably. Advanced pain management techniques also help patients recover at home in the initial recovery period, when pain is typically the worst.
Partial knee replacement may be an option for patients who have arthritis damage that is limited to only part of the knee, rather than the entire joint. With a partial knee replacement, only the damaged sections of the knee are replaced, leaving the healthy sections of the knee intact. This can be a great option for active patients who qualify, as partial knee replacements allow patients to recover more quickly and resume active lifestyles after recovery.
Shoulder arthritis can affect a patient's everyday life and activities. If conservative methods do not help with symptoms, shoulder replacement may be an option. For younger, more active patients, Cahill Orthopedics also offers shoulder resurfacing, a bone-preserving procedure that allows patients to retain more of the natural shoulder anatomy with few restrictions after recovery. This can allow athletes and active patients to return to their activities after surgery.