Hip and Knee Reconstruction: An Individualized Approach
Running, jumping, walking. Over a lifetime, your hips and knees bear the weight of these activities. And when the cartilage in these joints is damaged from overuse or from arthritis, you can experience stiffness and pain. If pain becomes severe or if you have trouble walking, you may be a candidate for hip or knee reconstruction (also known as total joint replacement).
During hip or knee reconstruction, orthopaedic surgeons take out the damaged joint and replace it with an artificial joint, or prosthesis. Surgery and therapy can help patients return to an active and pain-free life.
Hips and Knees…That’s All We Do
At Georgia Regents University, our fellowship-trained hip and knee surgeons only care for the hip or knee. Their special training and experience make them the region’s experts in joint reconstruction.
Other hospitals refer their toughest cases to us—but from the complex to the most straightforward, we care for it all.
Even though we are surgeons, we believe in exploring conservative treatments first. We offer many nonsurgical treatments to relieve pain and inflammation and improve quality of life, including:
- Activity modification
- Injections (cortisone and viscosupplementation)
- Physical therapy at our West Wheeler Road location and downtown Sports Medicine Center, dedicated specifically to hips and knees.
If you need surgery, we sit down with you and your family to discuss what to expect before, during and after surgery, including physical therapy. We offer an individualized approach to surgery, which means that we carefully fit the right implant and surgical technique to your specific needs. This includes:
- Anterior approach/hip reconstruction. An anterior approach (front of the hip) involves fewer muscles and offers a quicker recovery.
- Posterior approach/hip reconstruction. More complex cases benefit from a posterior approach (side of the hip).
- Full and partial knee reconstruction.
- Surgical revision and other complex cases. Our center cares for the most complex hip and knee problems in the region, including patients who have had previous surgeries elsewhere that failed.
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Schedule Your Appointment Now
Schedule an online appointment or call 706-721-2741 to speak to a member of our joint replacement CARE team. We also offer same-day appointments for emergencies.
Randall J. Ruark, MD
Kelly Homlar, MD
For your convenience, we see patients at our West Wheeler Road location or at the downtown GRHealth orthopaedic clinic.