As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained joint replacement and revision doctors at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to diagnose and treat joint-related conditions and injuries.
The joint is the location at which two or more bones make contact and is constructed to allow for movement and provide mechanical support throughout the body. Many people do not realize the full spectrum of motions that utilize the joints each day unless they are suffering from joint pain. When the hips, knees, shoulders, or other joints become damaged from arthritis, an injury, or wear and tear from over the years, even the slightest movement can be unbearable and have an adverse effect on routine activities.
Determining whether to undergo joint replacement surgery is a big decision: one that should be discussed with an experienced joint replacement doctor. During a joint replacement surgery, the surgeon will replace the diseased or arthritic joint—most commonly the hip, knee, and shoulder—with a well-designed and functional artificial implant. Minimally invasive and partial joint surgeries are also available treatment options that can facilitate a faster recovery period and enable a quicker return to function. Joint replacement and revision doctors also have the knowledge and ability to replace an artificial joint that is old and worn out or to correct a failed joint surgery.
When It's Time to Visit a Joint Replacement & Revision Doctor
Expressing whatever symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor can help them to provide you with the best joint care. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact a joint replacement and revision doctor near you:
- Avoiding using the joint due to intense pain
- Difficulty walking
- Inability to move the joint without pain
- Instability or weakness in the joint
- Severe pain even when the joint is not in use
- Severe, throbbing pain that disrupts your sleep
- Swelling around the joint
These symptoms could be an indication that you have a more serious medical injury or condition, such as:
- Artificial joint failure
- Cartilage damage or degeneration
- Joint deformities
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Many joint problems can be treated through conservative treatment methods. However, there are some cases where surgery is the best option for providing patients full relief and restoring normal function. If joint replacement surgery is deemed necessary, our surgeons have performed hundreds of complex joint surgeries and returned patients to their lives, functioning at their highest capacity. Our joint replacement surgeons specialize in a variety of surgical procedures, which include:
- Anterior hip replacement
- Hip revision surgery
- Knee replacement
- Knee revision surgery
- Partial knee replacement
- Reverse shoulder replacement
- Shoulder replacement
- Total ankle replacement
- Total hip replacement
- Unicompartmental knee replacement
Our doctors understand that joint pain can make daily activities difficult. To schedule a consultation with one of our joint replacement and revision specialists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.
We also offer our walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat orthopedic injuries that require immediate attention. Available at our Portage location, our urgent care is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with no appointment needed.
Keeping You in Motion at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute
The most important decision you will make regarding your care is finding an experienced doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your joint pain.
At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our specialty-trained and board-certified joint replacement and revision surgeons, Bruce J. Thoma, M.D., Paul J. Gruszka, M.D., Thomas H. Kay, M.D., David J. Musgrave, M.D., Anthony C. Levenda, M.D., Aaron G. Anderson, M.D., Rebecca B. Anderson, M.D., Ryan J. Plank, M.D., John A. Guzzo, M.D., Eric K. Szczesniak, M.D., Michael E. Kralovec, M.D., Scott P. Fielder, M.D., and Thomas D. Magill, M.D., are experts in treating a variety of joint-related injuries and conditions. Our joint replacement doctors place a high value on excellent patient care and only use the most innovative treatment techniques and state-of-the-art procedures. Our joint replacement surgeons also work in conjunction with our physical therapy team to reach each patient's personal goals in recovery.
To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced joint replacement surgeons, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.