Joint replacement is one of the most successful procedures in
medicine today. The long-term success of total joint replacement is
determined by two dominant factors: fixation of the prostheses to the
skeleton/bone and avoiding problems related to wear of the joined
Our physicians work with new technologies everyday.
Types of Implants
New types of hip and knee implants include:
- Highly cross-linked polyethylene
- Ceramic on ceramic hip joints
- Metal on metal
New surgical techniques include:
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Computer assisted orthopedic surgery
Patient Care Techniques
New patient care techniques inclue:
- Nlood conservation procedures
- Express patient check-in day of surgery
- Standardized surgical protocals
St.Vincent Center for Joint Replacement Physicians can determine which of these techniques is right for you.
We greatly reduce the need for blood for joint patients. Since blood
transfusions can be risky and blood supplies are limited, St.Vincent has
been developing blood conservation techniques for years. Individuals
who have total hip or knee replacements may sometimes experience
substantial blood loss. However, surgeons with our Center for Joint
Replacement have developed a very successful strategy for blood
conservation that has produced excellent patient results.
A blood conservation protocol developed by Dr. Jeffery L. Pierson, medical
director for the Center, has been shown to dramatically reduce the need
for blood transfusions. In a recent study of 500 patients, Dr. Pierson
reported that of the patients who followed his protocol, only 2 percent
needed a transfusion, compared with national rates of over 20 percent.
A reduction in the need for blood transfusions:
- Reduces the potential for transmitting diseases
- Reduces costs
- Helps with the problem of declining blood supplies
- May reduce the risk of Infection
- Reduces the likelihood of allergic reactions
For more information on our blood conservation strategy for joint patients, contact us via email or call (800) 338-BONE (2663).
Minimally Invasive Surgeries
St.Vincent Center for Joint Replacement surgeons perform a range of
minimally invasive procedures. There’s an industry trend toward
minimally invasive techniques, because they generally lead to smaller
scars and a shorter, less painful recovery time. Minimally invasive
procedures can be more difficult to perform, so it is important to
select a well-qualified orthopaedic surgeon.
There are several new alternatives to traditional hip and knee
replacements. Please talk to your surgeon to determine what minimally
invasive procedure might be best for you.