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:

  • Arthritis
  • Slipped disc
  • Dislocation
  • Sprains
  • Joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • 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.

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, call Premier Orthopaedics' Wilmington office at 302.656.2643.