Complex Joint Reconstruction Program in Denver

The number of total joint replacement procedures is expected to increase by more than 50 percent over the next decade. As the demand for joint replacement grows, there is an increase in total joint failure due to infection, metal allergy, loosening and pre-prosthetic fractures. In addition, some people have anatomical deformities that make placing a total joint replacement very difficult.

In these situations, it is important to seek care from a team of specialists in more complex total joint replacement procedures. The Complex Joint Reconstruction team at the Denver Clinic in Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center is comprised not only of expert orthopedic surgeons, but also infectious disease and allergy specialists. This team of fellowship-trained, board-certified specialists carefully review an individual's problem and create a treatment plan to provide the optimal surgical option for the management of more complex joint replacements.

Joint replacement surgery

Total joint replacement is a good surgical option for joint arthritis. If you are living with joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, the best approach is to make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss the stage of your arthritis and what joint replacement surgery is all about. The total joint surgeons at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center specializes in:

Joint replacement surgery class

To make our patients feel more comfortable about their surgery, we offer a joint surgery class to inform on the benefits, risks and the process of the surgery. Studies show that people who know what to expect from joint replacement surgery have less anxiety and a shorter stay in the hospital.

Register for our pre-surgery class

Joint arthritis treatment

Joint arthritis (osteoarthritis) is a condition that occurs when the glass-like surface on the ends of your bones wears down. This surface is the reason our joints move so smoothly when they are healthy, but as it wears, the movement is not so smooth and can become painful. This can happen over a lifetime or can occur after significant trauma to the joint.

There is no cure for osteoarthritis but staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and use of anti-inflammatory medications may help improve the pain and stiffness.

Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness or loss of motion
  • Grating sensation
  • Bone spurs