Hip, Knee, And Ankle Replacement

Matthew J. Harrison, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Lower Extremity Specialist located in Santa Barbara, CA & Solvang, CA

Conservative care is sometimes inadequate for treating end-stage joint arthritis, and surgery may be needed. Matthew J. Harrison, MD, is an expert in joint replacement and can help you get long-term relief from your pain. Call the office in Santa Barbara, California, today, or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

Total Joint Replacement Q & A

What is a joint replacement?

A joint replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces your damaged joint with a prosthetic joint. Each side of the joint is resurfaced with a metal component.

Who needs a joint replacement?

During your consultation, Dr. Harrison will conduct a thorough evaluation. You may benefit from joint replacement if you have severe arthritis that makes it hard for you to walk or engage in your usual activities.

Before recommending a joint replacement, Dr. Harrison takes a non-operative approach to treat the pain, inflammation, and stiffness associated with your arthritis. Treatment may include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Change in footwear
  • Ice and elevation
  • Orthotics or braces
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint injections

When non-operative treatments no longer provide adequate relief from your arthritis, you may be a candidate for a joint replacement.

What happens during a joint replacement?

Dr. Harrison creates individual surgical plans for a joint replacement and reviews the details of the procedure with you at your consultation. Joint replacement surgery takes a few hours and is done with general anesthesia. Additionally, a nerve block is used to provide up to 24 hours of pain relief.

What happens after a joint replacement?

You may be able to bear weight on your leg, depending on which joint is replaced. Full weight is generally allowed for hip and knee replacements, while ankle replacements typically need 2 weeks of no weight.

With advances in surgical tools and techniques, a joint replacement may help you get back to your active lifestyle. For an expert evaluation of your ankle, call Matthew J. Harrison, MD, today or book an appointment online.