Orthopedic surgeons perform more than a million joint replacements on patients each year. Of those surgeries, there are approximately 720,000 knee replacements and an estimated 330,000 hip replacements.
The surgeon will remove the damaged part of the joint and replace it with an artificial one. Generally a hip is replaced completely; however, with a knee replacement the surgeon might choose to repair the joint with artificial elements. Both surgeries are considered to be very safe; however, there are risks involved as with any surgery. The most pervasive risk is the age of a patient. Joint replacements are more commonly associated with the elderly, and their overall health is considered as paramount prior the recommendation of a joint replacement.
The most common ailment associated with needing a joint replacement of either the knee, or hip, is typically associated with arthritis. When a patient has pain associated with arthritis, it is due to severe inflammation and scar tissue that has remained, and the joint is unable to heal itself. The goal of the joint replacement is to increase movement of the joint in a way that allows flexibility to be regained, and the elimination of pain associated with it.
Dr. Greg Finch has performed numerous orthopedic surgeries. He is a specialist in the area of spinal fusion, reconstruction surgery and invasive spine surgery. Dr. Greg Finch is highly skilled with using the technological advancements for minimal invasive surgery, and he is affiliated with several major hospitals within Western Australia.
As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Finch continues to build his knowledge in order to stay informed of the latest and the best advantages for his patient’s health. He has extended his experience by working with other leading surgeons; most recently in Germany, and the UK. Dr. Greg Finch goes to great lengths to remain aware of orthopedic progressions.