Explore Your Options for Joint Replacement
Joint pain can be debilitating, both physically and mentally. If you have joint pain or a disability from a chronic joint condition, it can limit your lifestyle and keep you from enjoying the things you love. Fortunately, you don’t need to live with the pain forever.
At UPMC Susquehanna, our orthopedic experts can provide a thorough evaluation of your condition and determine if joint replacement could be an option for you. Whether you’re experiencing shoulder, hip or knee pain, we have a variety of treatment options and offer advanced joint replacement procedures that will get you back on your feet.
Types of Joint Replacement Offered at UPMC
The Joint Center at UPMC Williamsport is a comprehensive recovery unit designed specifically for joint replacement patients and their families to promote healing in a comfortable and therapeutic environment.
Depending on the type of joint problem you have, a skilled orthopedic surgeon at UPMC may recommend one of the following types of joint replacement surgery in Williamsport:
- Anterior hip replacement
- Bilateral hip replacement
- Bilateral knee replacement
- Hip replacement
- Partial knee replacement
- Reverse total shoulder replacement
- Total hip revision
- Total knee replacement
- Total knee revision
- Total shoulder replacement
If you’re unsure about undergoing surgery, speak with an experienced orthopedic doctor at UPMC. Together with your doctor, you can discuss the benefits and risks of each procedure, and see if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive joint replacement surgery.
Are You Eligible for Joint Replacement?
If noninvasive treatments such as medications, joint injections, bracing and physical therapy haven’t been successful at treating your joint problem, joint replacement surgery may be recommended. If you currently have a chronic joint condition or have recently suffered a joint injury, joint replacement may be an option to help relieve discomfort and restore a normal range of motion, with less pain. Your doctor will assess your symptoms and help you decide on a treatment option that’s right for you.
Our Orthopedic Nurse Liaison is Your Ally in Recovery
Electing to have joint replacement surgery is a step toward renewed mobility. However, patients may feel a little unsteady in that step. UPMC's orthopedic nurse liaison is here to help you as you prepare for surgery, providing support and education after you've undergone a knee or hip replacement.
Our orthopedic nurse liaison helps in a number of ways:
- Instructs the pre-admission joint replacement class
- Sets reasonable goals for achievable success
- Visits you following your surgery
- Conducts daily meetings with your physical therapists and social workers to make sure your needs are being met
- Follows up with you once you've gone home to see if there are other needs or areas of support you still require
- For questions, contact our orthopedic nurse liaison, Becky Folmar, at 877-852-2874.
UPMC's Orthopedics offers the latest treatments, including minimally invasive surgery, for joint replacement in Williamsport, Lock Haven, Muncy and Wellsboro, PA as part of our orthopedic services.