Joint Replacement Procedures
Our Center for Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care has earned the “Center of Excellence” designation from the Joint Commission for providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary care, including hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle replacement.
Our Danbury Hospital orthopedic surgeons offer a wide array of joint replacement procedures.
Our continuum of care includes:
- A care coordinator who provides education and guidance every step of the way, pre-op through your rehabilitation.
- Pre-admission testing in our dedicated unit, designed to meet the unique needs of joint replacement patients and families. Services include individualized patient education, nursing and anesthesia assessments, and collaboration with you on planning a pain management program for your surgical recovery.
- Dedicated orthopedic operating rooms and clinical support staff.
- A comfortable orthopedic recovery unit with physician assistants, nursing and rehabilitation staff specially trained to care for total joint replacement patients.
- Advanced, digital diagnostic imaging technology.
- Acute in-hospital therapy services.
- Outpatient physical and occupational therapy.
- Access to home care services with Western Connecticut Home Care (formerly DVNA).
Joint Replacement Procedures at Danbury Hospital
Not all hospitals have the expertise to perform replacement surgery on a variety of joints. At the Center for Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care, our surgeons are trained in less invasive techniques and the latest in pain management, offering common procedures, such as are replacements of the hip and knee, as well as less common procedures like shoulder and ankle replacements. Joint replacement procedures available at Danbury Hospital include:
Every patient is different; some need a partial knee replacement, while others do better with a complete knee replacement. At the Center for Advanced Orthopedic Care, your surgeon will discuss options and custom-fit your knee implant to give you the best comfort and regain near-normal motion.
- Complete knee replacement: Replacement of the top, bottom and underside of the kneecap. This is the most common total joint replacement surgery and has been the gold standard for treatment of the severely arthritic knee.
- Uni-compartmental (partial) knee replacement: The uni-compartmental knee replacement has smaller, less invasive incisions and, for some, is a viable alternative.
- Bilateral knee replacement: If both of your knees have arthritis, you can have both replaced during one procedure, followed by a single rehabilitation period, within one hospital stay.
- Knee Replacement Revision: Although joint replacement surgery has been amazingly successful, a small percent of implants fail and require a second procedure to replace them with new components. A complex procedure not available everywhere, this is a corrective surgery to replace failed implants with new components.
Click here to access the Total Knee Replacement Post Operative Instructions and Exercises.
There’s no need to suffer with chronic hip pain and stiffness. At Danbury’s Center for Advanced Orthopedic Care, our surgeons are trained in minimally invasive techniques for both hip resurfacing and replacement. They also do hip revision surgery, a complex procedure not offered at most hospitals.
- Total hip replacement: This provides complete or nearly complete pain relief in 95-98% of patients, most of whom regain near-normal motion.
- Hip replacement revision: Although joint replacement surgery has been amazingly successful, a small percent of implants fail and require a second procedure to replace them with new components. This is called revision. It's a complex procedure and not available everywhere. If you're a candidate for joint revision you'll want an expert, and that's why you should choose Danbury Hospital.
- Robotically assisted joint arthroplasty (MAKOplasty): A total hip replacement procedure, performed using a robotic arm for superior implant placement.
Click here to access the Total Hip Replacement Post Operative Instructions and Exercises.
The most common total shoulder replacement procedure involves replacing the arthritic joint surfaces with a highly polished metal ball attached to a stem and a plastic socket.
A badly damaged elbow can be replaced with an artificial elbow joint; our surgeons have experience with this unusual and complex procedure.
Total ankle replacement, using specially designed components made of a medical grade plastic, titanium and cobalt chromium alloy, can be an option to ankle fusion for some patients.