"I am a golf professional and when I play golf, I enjoy walking the course. It got to be very uncomfortable to do so. The quality of life was not there and that's why I went to Gundersen Lutheran. Four months after the surgery to replace my knees, I was walking 18 holes on the golf course, mowing the lawn, walking our dogs. I have no pain. It is fantastic."
- Bill Macaskill, knee replacement
If you suffer from severe pain because of joint damage or an injury, joint replacement surgery may be an option for you. Gundersen Health System has surgeons who are specially trained in knee, hip, shoulder and ankle replacement surgeries to provide better results for you.
The joint replacement surgeries performed at Gundersen include:
- Total shoulder replacement
- Reverse shoulder arthroplasty (replacement)
- Total knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement
- Total hip replacement
- Bilateral total knee replacement (both knees replaced at the same time)
- Total ankle replacement
- Total elbow replacement
Gundersen's orthopaedic surgeons provide surgeries which are not offered at many medical centers, such as bilateral knee replacement and total ankle replacement.
Surgery is not the only option for people suffering from joint pain or discomfort. Whenever possible, Gundersen Orthopaedics tries more conservative treatments first such as:
- Pain medicine
- Injection therapy
- Physical therapy
- Wearing a brace or special shoe
- Using a cane or walker
People who may need joint replacement surgery suffer injuries or chronic diseases such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic rotator cuff tears
- Chronic shoulder dislocation
- Post traumatic arthritis from previous surgeries or injuries
To get the best results from joint replacement surgery, it not only takes an experienced surgeon, but patients have to make a commitment to follow the post-op instructions. That's why Gundersen's orthopaedics team offers a Total Joint Education Class before the surgery so patients know what to expect.
Don't suffer from joint pain anymore. Find a Gundersen Orthopaedics location near you and start on your journey to reduce pain and increase mobility.
"Rheumatoid arthritis in my hip was so bad that I was in pain all the time. I couldn't even bend to tie my shoes. While I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping... anything outdoors, I was limited by my bad hip. After Dr. [Edward] Riley did surgery, the hip was like new. I'm pretty impressed... I have full motion, which I didn't expect. It doesn't bother me at all. I wish I had done it sooner."
- Bob Weis, Winona, Minn.,
total hip replacement