Do you find your flexibility and range of hip motion limited? Is your knee swollen with fluid? Or, do you find yourself limping on a regular basis? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be suffering from a degenerative hip or knee joint — a condition which causes pain when placing weight on an affected area.
Relief from this pain may be obtained through a routine surgical procedure called total joint replacement. During the operation, skilled surgeons replace the diseased part of the joint with a new artificial part called an implant or prosthesis.
At Baystate Medical Center’s Center for Hip and Knee Replacement, the orthopedic center for state-of-the art care, our board certified orthopedic surgeons are experts in the diagnosis and non-surgical — as well as surgical — treatment of bone and joint pain.
What Candidates Should Do Next
The easiest way to find out if you're a candidate for total joint replacement is by visiting an orthopedic surgeon.
Contact the Hip and Knee Replacement Program. 413-233-1200
One of our specialists will evaluate your full medical history. They might take x-rays to determine the extent of the degenerative process, and draw blood to rule out systematic arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis) or infection.
At the end of this comprehensive physical examination, our staff will let you know the full extent of your joint damage or disease. Total joint replacement is usually suggested only after all other options have been explored.