Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to be awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hip and Knee Replacement Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects our commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to offer its patients access to the Silicon Valley Joint Replacement Center, which provides services in arthritis, joint pain and joint replacement.
Arthritis and joint pain
Though arthritis is often thought of as an issue that plagues our elders, it can affect anyone, at any age. Obesity, injuries, excessive use of the joint, weak muscles and genetics can all play a role in the development of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the number one reason people need joint replacement surgery. The condition affects more than 20 million Americans and becomes more common as we age. Arthritis also occurs in people with active lifestyles, this occurs when the protective cushion of cartilage covering the ends of bones breaks down and wears away.
There are many types of arthritis, some of the most common types include:
- Infectious arthritis
- Reactive arthritis
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
There is no cure for arthritis, but our doctors may be able to prescribe treatments to alleviate many of your symptoms. Medications, therapeutic exercises and even weight loss programs are used to help provide relief from debilitating arthritis symptoms. If it becomes severe enough that your joint is damaged, your doctor may suggest a surgical treatment option.
If you are suffering from continued hip pain, there may be several factors that are contributing, such as injury, inflammation in your hip joints or osteoarthritis. If it is discovered that you may need a surgical procedure to correct the problem, our facilities are ready to provide you the best care.
We offer the following hip procedures:
- Total hip replacement
- Minimally invasive hip replacement
- Anterior hip replacement
- Hip resurfacing
Hip resurfacing focuses on conserving the hipbone by replacing the socket and giving a new surface to the femoral head. Essentially, a surgeon will take the femoral head and remove some of the bone and replace it with a metal component.
Doctors typically recommend total hip replacement for patients whose hip joints have failed, causing decreased mobility or completely diminished mobility. In a total hip replacement procedure, a surgeon will remove the damaged portions of the hip cartilage and bone and replace it with artificial ones, usually made of plastic or metal. The hip joint bears a lot of weight. In fact, it is one of the foremost weight-bearing joints in your body. A failed hip joint can make it impossible to walk, but total hip replacement can help.
Hip replacements are recommended primarily for patients who are living with arthritis in their hip joint who have had no success with less-extensive treatment options.
Your doctor may recommend joint replacement if your joint is damaged, and artificial prosthetic implants are the most viable option for increased mobility and diminished joint pain. People who consider joint replacement typically have been diagnosed with conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis or avascular necrosis.
Joint replacement surgery is overwhelmingly successful and is actually considered one of the most successful surgical procedures in the U.S. Approximately 400,000 people get their knee replaced annually. Hip replacement procedures are performed on about 190,000 patients in the U.S. every year with a 90 percent success rate.
Arthroscopic surgery is a surgical procedure in which a surgeon examines and diagnoses the internal structure of the affected joint. This involved a small incision, usually with a device no larger than a pencil. Arthroscopic surgery uses a small lens and light to move through the incision and examine the painful joint as a diagnostic procedure.
Arthroscopic surgery can help diagnose and recommend treatment for the following conditions:
- Joint inflammation
- Acute injury
- Chronic injury
- Arthritic joints
- Bone shards or other lodged objects that could be causing pain
Common symptoms that suggest you may need knee replacement surgery include:
- Severe knee pain during every day activities
- Moderate to severe pain in the knee when resting during the day or at night
- Persistent swelling and knee inflammation
- Knee stiffness
- No pain relief from non-surgical treatment methods
At Good Samaritan Hospital, we work with you to help preserve your knees and provide you with one of the best joint replacement programs nationwide.
Partial knee replacement
Partial knee replacement replaces only the part of the knee joint that has been affected by arthritis, injury or infection. The most common use for partial knee replacement is to treat arthritic joints. If the cartilage in your knee has worn out, partial knee replacement can cover the joint with a new surface to allow for virtually pain-free movement.
In addition to arthritis, many other conditions can make partial knee replacement surgery necessary, such as:
- Knee trauma
- Overuse of the joint
- Obesity, causing repetitive stress on the joint
- Disorders of the connective tissue
There are many benefits to partial knee replacement surgery, which include:
- Minimally invasive
- Faster recovery time
- Less time in the hospital following your procedure
- Less bone removed than with total knee replacement
- Necessity of postoperative physical therapy is less
Total knee replacement
Total knee replacement surgery is the replacement of a person’s organic knee with an artificial, prosthetic knee usually made out of metal or plastic. Total knee replacement is typically recommended for older patients who are living with loss of mobility due to arthritis of the knee.
The average total knee replacement surgical patient is:
- Between the ages of 60 and 80
- Suffering from consistent, ongoing knee pain
- Has tried other methods to no avail
For people living with severe knee pain, disfigurement or osteoarthritis, total knee replacement surgery could be the solution for increased mobility and minimized pain.