Our orthopedic practice specializes in an area of medicine known as Orthopedics, which focuses on the care and treatment of patients who have sustained an injury or illness to the musculoskeletal system. This includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Dr. Aitken treats a vast array of musculoskeletal conditions, as listed below:
- Trauma and Fracture Care
- Sprains, Strains and Torn Ligaments
- ACL Reconstruction
- Non-Surgical Orthopedic Care
- General Orthopedic Surgery
- Arthroscopic Surgery
- Sports Medicine
- Total Joint Replacement and Joint Revision
- Foot and Ankle
- Hand and Upper Extremity
There are many causes of joint pain. Early evaluation and treatment can provide pain relief even without surgery. Dr. Aitken has devoted his practice to the nonsurgical treatment of joint pain/arthritis as well as total joint replacement.
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Total Joint Replacement
Losing the ability to walk or run the way you're used to is an all too common problem for some patients typically in their 50's and 60's. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative condition that over time can compromise how patients live their very lives. Fortunately, there are treatments for OA of the knee and hip that can improve painful symptoms from this sometimes debilitating disease.
If non operative measures fail to provide sufficient relief, Total Knee and Total Hip replacements are orthopedic procedures with very high patient satisfaction scores. Dr. George Aitken has over 20 years experience with Total Joint Replacements (TJR's) and carefully assesses each patient individually in order to find the best treatment options. Dr. Aitken likes to give people back the life they love and cherish. You're never too old to be young again, so don't let chronic arthritis pain get you down. Come on in and make an appointment to be evaluated today.
Approximately 700,000 hip & knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. Many joint replacement recipients experience reduced pain, increased mobility, & improved quality of life. If you are a candidate for joint replacement surgery, there are several important factors to consider:
Design of the implant system
Different companies design and manufacture joint replacement systems and the instruments used to implant them. Some implants are designed to address special considerations such as weak or damaged muscles and ligaments, excessively damaged bone or abnormal bone formation. Surgeons should choose an implant system that they feel will give you the most satisfactory results.
Performance after surgery
Many factors determine how well your joint replacement will perform after surgery, including your health before surgery, following your surgeon's instructions pre and post surgery, your weight, activity level, and your participation in physical therapy including moderate exercise after surgery.
Activity and the health of your bones
When you walk and your foot hits the ground, the bones in your legs help absorb the stress of the impact. This is a natural process that helps keep your bones healthy and strong. If you stop using your legs, your bones begin to thin out and your muscles become very weak. Think of it as "use it or lose it." Therefore, it is important to maintain an active lifestyle, especially after total joint replacement.
Total Joint Replacement FAQ
When should I have a total joint replacement?
This is a very individual decision. Basically, when you are tired of pain, stiffness, and disability and are willing to undergo surgery to alleviate these symptoms. There is no right or best time.
What is the implant made of?
Usually a combination of titanium or stainless steel and high density polyethylene (plastic) are used to create the implant.
Will my insurance cover the surgery?
Almost all policies cover total joint replacement subject to individual deductibles & co-pay.
How long is the hospital stay?
Usually two to three days or until the patient is safe to perform their activities at home, usually two to three days.
What will rehab be like?
Physical therapy starts the day of surgery and continues daily in the hospital. Most patients then go home with Home Health Therapy and within three to four weeks are often walking, climbing stairs, etc., better than they did pre-operatively.
How successful is joint replacement surgery?
Over half a million total joint replacements are done in the U. S. each year. Most recipients experience reduced pain, increased mobility, and improved quality of life. Some studies indicate over 95 percent are happy are happy with their prosthesis. Factors that make a difference in your outcome include health before surgery, following the surgeon's instructions before and after surgery, your weight, activity level, and participation in physical therapy along with moderate exercise after surgery.
Dr. Aitken treats athletes of all ages knowing that getting people "back in the game" is important for both mental and physical wellbeing. He uses his vast knowledge about sports injuries to focus his clinical exam of patients. If required patients will be directed to the highest level of care in specialized musculoskeletal imaging, including MRI scans.
If surgery is necessary, many sports related injuries can be treated with minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgical techniques, which further hasten the athletes return to competition. If sports are your thing, we can help. Make an appointment to see Dr. Aitken today.
Dr. Aitken would be happy to address any questions about your unique situation. Only your Orthopedic Surgeon can help you determine which treatment option is appropriate for you.