Joint Replacement Specialist

Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates, Inc. -  - Orthopedics

Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates, Inc.

Orthopedics & Physical Medicine located in Coachella Valley, Rancho Mirage, CA

Degenerative joint disease can cause pain and distress and have an adverse effect on your quality of life. If you have a condition that hasn’t responded to nonsurgical treatment options, joint replacement surgery can offer lasting relief and restore your function and mobility. David Duffner, MD, is a skilled orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience performing joint replacement surgery. Serving the people of Rancho Mirage, California, in Coachella Valley at Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates Inc., Dr. Duffner has the expertise you want in a surgeon. Call the office today or schedule your appointment online.

Joint Replacement Q & A

What is joint replacement surgery?

Joint replacement, also called arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Duffner removes damaged bone and cartilage and replaces it with an artificial prosthetic device. In total joint replacement surgery, the entire joint is removed and replaced with a prosthetic joint, whereas in a partial joint replacement only some of your joint will be removed and replaced with artificial parts.

Which joints can be surgically replaced?

The most joint replacements are for the knee, hip, and shoulder joints. However, almost any joint in the body can be surgically replaced if necessary.

Which conditions require joint replacement surgery?

There are several conditions which cause the bone and cartilage of your joints to break down, resulting in pain and loss of function and mobility. If your joint problems can’t be alleviated by more conservative treatments, you may need joint replacement surgery. Conditions that often lead to joint replacement include:

  • Osteoarthritis -- caused over time by wear and tear on joint structures
  • Rheumatoid arthritis -- an autoimmune disease that attacks joint structures
  • Posttraumatic arthritis -- joint degeneration following injury, dislocation, or fracture
  • Avascular necrosis -- damage caused by lack of blood supply after injury

Joint replacement can also address rotator cuff tear arthropathy, a condition caused by chronic inflammation due to a rotator cuff injury.

What is involved in joint replacement surgery?

Partial joint replacements are sometimes performed as minimally invasive procedures, while total joint replacement is a major procedure performed in a surgical environment.

Dr. Duffner uses surgical tools to make incisions around your joint and to remove all damaged bone, cartilage, and connective tissue. Next, he inserts your prosthetic device, which may be made of plastic, ceramic, or metal, and secures it to the remaining bone. Finally, he closes your incisions with sutures.

Recovery times vary depending on the type of surgery and individual factors. Joint replacement may take some time away from your life, but you’ll find that living without the pain and limitations of a compromised joint will be worth the process of joint replacement.

To learn more, or to find out if you’re a candidate for joint replacement surgery, call the office at Orthopedic & Physical Medicine Associates Inc. or schedule your appointment with Dr. Duffner online.