Common Orthopaedic Procedures

At Harrison, our highly skilled surgeons perform a variety of procedures. Some of the most common surgical procedures are explained here.

Total joint replacement
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged joint, such as a knee joint, are removed and replaced with an artificial joint that moves like a healthy joint.

Total knee replacement
If you have very severe arthritis, for example, total knee replacement surgery may be an option. When knee replacement surgery is performed, the cartilage of the knee joint is replaced with a metal and plastic implant. Sometimes, the artificial joint is anchored in place with bone cement or a material is used that allows the bone tissue to grow into it. View a slide show on knee replacement.

Total hip replacement
The procedure involves removing the ball and socket of a joint with arthritis and inserting a new ball and socket to allow movement at the new joint. There are many types of total hip replacement implant options including the type of material (metal and ceramic), and how the implant is designed to work. View a slide show on hip replacement.

Total shoulder replacement
This procedure involves replacing damaged bone and cartilage with an implant made of metal and plastic. It is much like the hip procedure. This procedure can improve range of motion at the shoulder joint. Click here to read more.

Rotator cuff repair
The rotator cuff helps keep your shoulder anchored and helps it to move, too. A tear in the cuff can limit your range of motion and cause pain. Many times these tears can be repaired with surgery to relieve pain and improve strength and functioning of the shoulder. Click here to read more.

Arthroscopic surgery
Arthroscopy is a method of viewing or performing surgery on a joint by use of an arthroscope, which consists of a tube, a lens, and a light source using fiber optics to visualize the surgical area. Our orthopedic surgeons perform shoulder, knee, hip, and other repairs with arthroscopy. The incision made for inserting the arthroscope is very small, and fewer stitches may be required. The advantage to arthroscopy is a smaller incision heals more quickly and there is less trauma to tissue. View an illustration.

Spine surgery
There are a variety of problems that may lead to spine surgery. The main reason is to improve function and remove back pain. There are a number of procedures that come under the umbrella of spine surgery, and these procedures are done if more conservative treatment, such as medication or physical therapy, don't work. These include such common procedures as laminectomy, diskectomy, fusion, and spinal decompressions. Kyphoplasty is a less-invasive technique for the pain of spinal fractures often caused by osteoporosis. Click here for an interactive tool "Should I Consider Surgery for my Low Back Problem?"

Ankle replacement
A variety of problems with the ankles and wrists require surgical treatment. Overuse injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, stress fractures and sprains can often be treated with surgery if more conservative treatment fails.

ACL reconstruction
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the major stabilizing ligament of the knee. When it ruptures, reconstruction can be performed in a number of ways. Harrison orthopedic surgeons use state-of-the-art reconstructive techniques using tendon grafts. Click here to read more.

Other orthopaedic services:

  • Dislocation treatment
  • Endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Fracture care
  • Geriatric fracture care
  • Hand and wrist surgery
  • Minimally-invasive spine surgery
  • Shoulder and elbow surgery
  • Spine surgery (cervial, thoracic, lumbar)
  • Sports injury care


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