The Orthopedic Services at St. Petersburg General Hospital is comprised of a multidisciplinary professional team of physicians, nurses and technologists providing surgical and non-surgical diagnosis and treatment. This comprehensive program consists of Bone Densitometry screening/evaluation for Osteoporosis, outpatient Orthopedic and Arthritis Services, and educational seminars.
Pain in the joint may arise due to cartilage damage. This may be from injury, wear and tear, or arthritis in the joint. As a result, the joint becomes less mobile and painful. If a patient is not responding well to conservative methods, then surgery may be required.
What Can Be Done?
If arthroscopic or joint replacement surgery is selected as a treatment option, the foremost goal is to achieve pain relief. Additional objectives may include regaining function, correcting deformity, and/or preventing further damage.
- Total Joint Replacement – Arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint designed to move like a normal, healthy joint
- Total Knee Replacement – An artificial joint is used to replace the diseased joint. The artificial joint is anchored into place with bone cement, or in some applications, it is covered with material that allows bone tissue to grow into it
- Hip Replacement – The head of the thigh bone and the hip socket is replaced with an artificial ball and stem made of a strong metal or ceramic, and the artificial socket is made of polyethylene or metal backed with a plastic liner. The artificial joint may be cemented in position or held securely in the bone without cement.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
If a patient suffers from hip or knee pain, the goal of our surgeons at St. Petersburg General Hospital is to pursue the least invasive path to treating the patient’s pain. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include: smaller incisions, less tissue trauma, shorter stays in the hospital, minimal scarring and faster recovery.
The goal of joint replacement surgery is to provide a pain-free hip or knee that will last as long as possible and allow the patient to enjoy a relatively normal lifestyle. The majority (90% to 95%) of hip and knee replacements performed today should last 15 years or longer.
Therapy Begins Immediately
At St. Petersburg General Hospital, following surgery, rehabilitation is pursued through a coordinated and aggressive multidisciplinary rehabilitation program. Our innovative regimen is focused on helping patients regain maximum mobility with the ultimate goal being the return to an active lifestyle. Patient education and personal interaction with our staff is our priority throughout your stay. Patients benefit through written materials and an active environment, with inclusion of family and friends in the recovery process.
Our Surgical Orthopedic Services
- Adult Reconstruction or Total Joint Replacement
- General Orthopedic Surgery
- Hand and Upper Extremity
- Orthopedic Foot and Ankle
- Sports Medicine