A Team Approach to Hip, Knee or Shoulder Replacement Surgery
The Joint Replacement Program at MountainView Hospital offers a team approach to your care. Our dedicated clinical experts work with one goal in mind - to give you the best possible outcome. Whether you need a hip, knee, shoulder, or ankle replacement, our Nurse Navigator will be with you every step of the way. MountainView Hospital offers the area's most experienced team of Orthopedic Surgeons, Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists and Case Managers, all dedicated to getting you back to doing the things you love.
MountainView Hospital’s Orthopedic Nurse Navigator offers concierge-level service to orthopedic surgery patients, guiding them through the registration process, their hospital stay, and what to expect after leaving the hospital. For patients already scheduled for surgery at MountainView, the Nurse Navigator hosts a weekly pre-surgery patient education class. To register for the class, please call (702) 962-5021.
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Joint Replacement Procedures
The Joint Replacement Program at MountainView Hospital offers a team of experts and orthopedic surgeons who have dedicated their careers to orthopedic medicine and who will be there for you every step of the way.
Total Knee Replacement
Total knee replacement surgery is very effective in relieving nearly all pain, in most cases. It is important to realize that a knee "replacement" is actually a "resurfacing" of the knee joint. The femur or thighbone is covered with a metal covering and plastic is placed on the tibia so the metal and plastic implants smoothly glide against each other, much like natural cartilage. In most cases the undersurface of the kneecap is also replaced with a plastic surface so that this glides with the femoral surface.
Activities after knee replacement that should produce no difficulty are simple walking, bicycling, golfing, and swimming. The prosthesis is not designed for impact loading sports such as skiing, basketball, and racquetball. People have been known to play doubles tennis with bilateral knee replacements.
Total Hip Replacement
According to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 168,000 hip replacements are performed each year. Of these, osteoarthritis accounts for the majority of patients needing a hip replacement operation. The condition, affecting about 30 million Americans, occurs when cartilage on the end of bone begins wearing away, causing pain and stiffness. But when the cartilage wears away completely, the bones rub directly against each other and hip replacement is needed.
Other degenerative hip diseases leading to the need for hip replacement surgery include avascular necrosis, a condition where the head of the femur loses some of its blood supply and actually dies. Hip fractures as well as some types of hip conditions that appear in childhood can also lead to degeneration many years after an injury and require the need for hip replacement surgery. In a problem hip, where the cartilage has worn away, the joint bone becomes rough and pitted, resulting in pain and limited range of motion. At MountainView, we are dedicated to maximizing your functionality with less pain. Hip replacement surgery can add to your quality of life and help you quickly return to many of your daily activities.
We also offer shoulder and ankle surgery as part of our orthopedic program at MountainView Hospital.