Joint Replacement Program
More people are choosing to have joint replacement surgery at increasingly younger ages. If you are suffering from extensive damage, deterioration or pain in one of your
joints that does not improve after other treatments, joint replacement may be an option for you. About Our Program
As the state’s leader in joint replacement surgery, Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic offers a full range of coordinated, multidisciplinary joint care.
Our joint replacement program is led by our renowned surgeons and includes fellowship-trained physicians, specialized postsurgical therapists and dedicated nurse navigators who will guide you from preoperative planning through recovery and rehabilitation.
Reasons to Consider a Joint Replacement
You may want to consider a joint replacement if you can answer “yes” to one or more of the following:
Pain and stiffness. Have you been in pain for six months or more? Does it hurt so much that it's hard to walk, climb stairs, get up from a chair or do other activities?
Affected daily life. It's not just the pain itself that matters, but the impact it has on your regular routine. Do your joint problems limit what you can do? Does it cause you to avoid activities you enjoy?
Bone damage. Do X-rays and other imaging tests show that your osteoarthritis or other bone conditions are taking a toll on your joints?
Other treatments don't help. Have you tried other treatments such as medication and injections, but they aren't giving you the relief you need?
Whether your joint problem is caused by an injury or a chronic condition such as arthritis, our skilled specialists will conduct a complete assessment to determine whether you are a good candidate for a joint replacement procedure. We will consider a number of factors before recommending joint replacement, including:
Nonsurgical treatments you have tried
Whether your problem is the result of an injury or a chronic condition such as arthritis
Injuries and trauma to the joint
Amount of pain or difficulty you are having when performing daily or recreational activities
Your age and activity level
Our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons perform hundreds of joint replacement procedures each year. We use the most advanced minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgical techniques to reduce scarring, minimize pain and decrease your recovery time.
Whether you need a total or partial joint replacement, we use high-grade metal and plastic parts and adjust the surrounding muscles and ligaments to help restore maximum mobility to return you to a pain-free, active life. Our skilled surgeons perform a range of procedures, including:
Total knee replacement. Your surgeon will remove your damaged knee joint (or the damaged portions of your knee joint) and replace it with an artificial joint that is attached to your thighbone, shin and kneecap.
Partial knee replacement. Your surgeon may determine that you only need a partial knee replacement, which is surgery to replace only one part of a damaged knee. It can replace either the inside (medial) part, the outside (lateral) part, or the kneecap.
. Your surgeon will remove your damaged hip joint (or the damaged portions of your hip joint) and replace it with an artificial joint that is attached to your thighbone and your pelvis. Hip replacement
. Our surgeons are expert in anterior hip replacement, an alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that results in less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility. This technique allows your surgeon to work between your muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbone, sparing the tissue from trauma. Anterior hip replacement
. Your surgeon will remove your damaged shoulder joint (or the damaged portions of your shoulder joint) and replace it with an artificial joint that is attached to your upper arm bone and your shoulder. Shoulder replacement
Joint revision. Although the vast majority of our joint replacement surgeries are successful, our surgeons offer joint revision surgery to make adjustments in the event that there are problems with the replacement. Joint Replacement Classes
To make sure that you are as prepared as possible for your procedure and at-home recovery, we recommend that you and your support person attend one of our preoperative joint replacement classes. In addition to free public presentations by our expert surgeons, we offer specific classes for all types of joint replacements.
During your preoperative class, our medical professionals will answer any questions you may have and provide general information on a variety of topics, including:
Pain management options, such as medications, nerve blocks, injections and other methods
Anatomy and joint functionality
A description of the new joint and how it works
Preventive antibiotics, if required
Fall risk and prevention