Wilmington Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement
Treatment for Injuries, Aches & Pains of the Musculoskeletal System
At Saint Francis Healthcare, our orthopaedic specialists focus on preventing
and treating conditions of the musculoskeletal system, which include bones,
joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and the spine. If you have ever had
a hand cramp or back ache, you know how painful they can be. In many cases,
these pains will go away after a short period of time, but if you have
experienced discomfort for over a week then you could be developing a
chronic condition. Whether you are dealing with chronic pains, or suffering
from intense acute pains, our trusted Wilmington orthopaedists are here to help.
From diagnosis, to treatment, to rehabilitation, the Saint Francis Healthcare
orthopaedic team will guide you through each stage of your recovery. We
treat many orthopaedic conditions, including:
- Slipped disc
- Joint pain
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Sports injuries
- Trauma to the spinal cord
Joint Replacement & Other Orthopaedic Surgeries
When medication and other treatments fail to remedy an orthopaedic condition,
surgery is usually recommended. Our team uses the latest minimally invasive
surgical procedures, which reduces the post-surgery recovery period and
can often be done on an outpatient basis.
One of the most common orthopaedic operations is joint replacement surgery.
The cartilage and tissue in your hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, and elbow
joints wear out over time, and when this wear and tear starts causing
intense, chronic pain, it is time to consider joint replacement surgery.
Our experienced teams of surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and other
medical professionals will guide you through the surgery process. We also
offer preoperative educational classes for patients and their families.
You can sign up for these classes through theCare Management office.
There are two categories of joint replacement surgery:
Total Joint Replacement – As the name implies, this is a total replacement of a joint, removing the
diseased tissue and bone and replacing them with a prosthesis. This procedure
should restore mobility and improve your quality of life.
Partial Joint Replacement – is a minimally invasive procedure that only removes the damaged tissues
around the joint and may involve implanting a small artificial device
to keep the joint stable. This procedure requires a shorter recovery period
and should eliminate your pain and improve your range-of-motion.
For more on joint replacement at Saint Francis Healthcare, call us at 302.575.8025.