The most common reasons for joint replacement are arthritis and joint trauma. Arthritis affects one of every seven Americans, causing pain and swelling in joints. As joints age, the smooth cartilage lining the bone socket wears away and becomes rough. This results in stiffness, limited mobility and joint pain.
In 1969, Piedmont was selected by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to perform one of the first hip-replacement surgeries in the United States. Since then, Piedmont physicians have surgically replaced knees, hips and other joints in thousands of patients, giving them a pain-free lease on life. Today, Orthopaedic Services at Piedmont Hospital performs more total joint replacement procedures than any other hospital in the state and is considered an expert in the field across the Southeast.
Thanks to advances in orthopaedic techniques, joint replacement surgery can reduce pain in stiff and painful knees, hips and shoulders and restore a range of motion similar to a natural joint. Artificial joints are made with ceramic, high-impact polyethylene or pyrolytic carbon surfaces, reducing wear and ensuring longevity.