As weight-bearing joints, your hips and knees are especially vulnerable to injury and arthritis, as well as "wear and tear" associated with aging.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and typically develops as people grow older. It erodes the protective cartilage that covers your joints and allows the bones to glide smoothly during motion. When this happens, the bones rub together, causing friction and pain. When non-surgical treatments no longer help to relieve your pain, you may need surgery.
At River Cities Bone and Joint Centre in Ashland, Kentucky, Dr. Joseph Leith
is a fellowship-trained expert in joint replacement surgery and utilizes the latest surgical techniques, including:
Total hip and knee replacement
Minimally-invasive hip and knee replacement
ASI hip replacement
MRI-based knee replacement
Hip and knee revisions
Partial knee replacement
Hip and knee arthroscopy
Joint Replacement Surgery
Joint replacement surgery
, also called arthroplasty, involves removing the damaged portion of the hip or knee and replacing it with an artificial joint that allows for pain-free movement. Learn more about total hip replacement
, total knee replacement
, minimally-invasive hip replacement
and minimally-invasive knee replacement
ASI (Anterior Supine Intermuscular) hip replacement:
This minimally-invasive technique allows Dr. Leith to access the hip joint without having to cut through muscles and tendons. By making an incision at the front of the hip rather than the side or back of the hip, Dr. Leith can reach the hip joint by going between the muscles that surround it. By preserving the muscles and tendons of the hip joint, patients tend to have shorter hospital stays and recover much more quickly. In fact, most patients can even walk the day of surgery, experience less pain after surgery, and return to their daily activities more quickly.
MRI-based customized knee replacement:
In a conventional total or minimally-invasive knee replacement, surgeons typically depend on planning the knee replacement during the course of surgery. However, Dr. Leith uses an MRI of the affected leg to plan a knee replacement prior to surgery. An MRI renders precise images of the entire leg, from the hip to the ankle, which helps determine the appropriate size and position of the knee replacement components relative to the overall alignment of the leg. The MRI data is then sent to the implant manufacturer to create a customized cutting block.
Being able to plan a patient’s surgery in advance with an MRI-based customized knee replacement simplifies the surgical procedure. Surgery is usually shorter and less invasive with fewer complications and more accurate positioning of the joint implant.
Joint Revision Surgery
Hip and knee revision surgery
is performed to remove a previously implanted artificial joint and replace it with a new one. Joint revision surgery may be necessary for a number of reasons. The artificial joint may loosen, infection may develop in the joint, one of the bones around the joint may be fractured, or part of the implant may break or wear down.
At River Cities Bone and Joint Centre, our goal is maximum recovery of your hip or knee function with diligent follow-up care after surgery to get you back to the activities you enjoy.
Don’t let hip or knee pain hold you back from what you love to do! Call River Cities Bone and Joint Centre at (606) 324-0097
to learn more about joint replacement and joint revision surgery or request an appointment online
. We service the residents of the surrounding Tri-State area.