The Hip and Knee Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst is a specialized orthopedic program founded with the goal of restoring mobility and quality of life to individuals with hip and knee joints that no longer function properly and cause difficulty in day-to-day activities.
Our team consists of an orthopedic surgeon, rehabilitation doctor, physician assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, social worker and nurses. We work with each patient to develop an individualized plan of care that ensures a high functioning joint and encourages a speedy recovery.
Frequently asked questions about hip and knee replacement:
What causes joint pain? In the hip and knee there are layers of smooth cartilage on each surface that serve as a cushion between the bones. When the cartilage wears away this is called arthritis. Bone rubbing on bone causes pain and stiffness.
What is a hip replacement? The hip is essentially a ball and socket joint, linking the “ball” at the head of the thigh bone (femur) with the cup-shaped “socket” in the pelvic bone. During a total hip replacement, a ceramic or metal ball on a stem is inserted into the thigh bone, and a metal or plastic cup is surgically implanted into the pelvis. This creates a new, smooth joint that eliminates pain and improves function. The procedure takes about two hours.
What is a knee replacement? A knee replacement is really a cartilage replacement. The knee itself is not replaced; the cartilage that has worn away is replaced by metal and plastic to create a new, smooth cushion and joint that eliminates pain, improves function, and restores alignment. The procedure takes about two hours.
Is this surgery right for you? When pain in the hip or knee severely limits the ability to walk, work or perform everyday activities, a joint replacement may be an excellent option. Your orthopedic surgeon will decide if you are a candidate for this surgery. This decision will be based on your history, examination, X-rays, and your response to conservative treatment, like weight loss, physical therapy and medication. Ultimately, the decision will be yours.
How much pain relief or increased mobility should I expect? You should experience significant reduction in pain and improved mobility after joint replacement. Many factors, including your overall physical condition, weight, activity level, personal anatomy and willingness to comply with the instructions prior to and after surgery will play an important role in your recovery.
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