Bone & Joint Center

Bone & Joint Center - Wythe Physician Practices

Today, "going bionic" is a commonplace event for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have joint replacement surgery every year, replacing their knee or hip (the two most common joint replacements) with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a prosthesis.

If you know you need a joint replaced, or even if you have been living with pain and you are just curious, The Bone & Joint Center will work with you to diagnose your injury, and create a plan to get you back to doing the things you love.

To make an appointment, call (276) 223 - 1983

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 Gena Privett, PA                                       Palmer Christopher, MD

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It's important that your care is convenient. Even more important is that we're affiliated with Wythe County Community Hospital, so if your injury is serious, that relationship with ensure a smooth continuity of care to the hospital.

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Common Questions

How common is joint replacement surgery? 

Very common. In fact, joint replacement surgery is one of the most common medical procedures performed today. Almost one million joint replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States.

Who benefits from a joint replacement? 

If you are having difficulty walking or find it painful to carry out daily activities such as climbing steps, you may want to consider having a joint replacement.

A fractured hip is another reason to have this type of surgery. American seniors suffer from some 300,000 hip fractures every year.

What's the first logical step? 

Your first step is to talk to your primary care physician and make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. In many cases, an X-ray or another imaging device is used to determine the severity of damage to the injured joint. Another step might involve arthroscopic surgery. A small lighted tube is inserted into the joint to inspect the area and determine the extent of the damage.

How successful is joint replacement surgery? 

Very successful. In the case of hip surgery, for example, more than 95 percent of patients experience relief from pain. And the success rate for hip replacement aft 10 years is 90 to 95 percent.

How long is the recovery time?

Joint replacement is major surgery. Everybody heals differently, but you can usually expect to spend several weeks recovering from your surgery. A physical therapist will usually work with you at the hospital and at home to help you strengthen and regain your strength in your joint and muscles. An appointment with your orthopedic surgeon is usually scheduled six to eight weeks after the surgery to make sure the joint is healing properly.

Many people are understandably anxious about having joint replacement surgery. But remember this: the overwhelming majority of people enjoy greater mobility, less pain and a more active lifestyle within a few weeks after their joint replacement surgery.