• Joint Replacement Surgery

    William L. Healy, MD, and his surgical team wearing the special gowns, hoods and masks required during joint reconstruction surgery to minimize the risk of infectionJoint replacement surgery is a center of excellence within Lahey's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Experienced, nationally recognized joint replacement surgeons are available to provide replacement of arthritic hips, knees, shoulders and ankles. Orthopaedic surgeons sub-specializing in the replacement of these joints are easily accessible for consultation.

    More than 650 joint replacement operations are performed annually at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. In addition, Boston University's Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Training Program sends residents to Lahey for training in joint replacement and other orthopaedic operations. Our joint replacement surgeons also participate in research and teaching activities regarding total joint arthroplasty.

    Joint replacement surgery is an elective operation. All physicians affiliated with the Joint Replacement Surgery section at Lahey are well-trained in other reconstructive alternatives beside arthroplasty for the treatment of arthritic joints. Before joint replacement is recommended, nonoperative and other surgical treatments are always explored in-depth. Furthermore, our joint replacement surgeons are experts in revision arthroplasty techniques such as Allograft, modular designs and custom prostheses, which may be required when primary total joint replacements fail. 


    Physician Services
    Members of the Orthopaedic Surgery team who perform both hip and knee replcaements. (From left to right), John F. Tilzey, MD, PhD; Lawrence M. Specht, MD; Richard Iorio, MD; William L. Healy, MD; Michael S. Thompson, MD; and Bernard A. Pfeifer, MD

    • Evaluation of arthritic joints of the upper and lower extremities
    • State-of-the-art treatment for complex disorders of the hip, knee, shoulder and ankle
    • Expertise in joint replacement technology, with and without bone cement
    • Body exhaust isolation suits to protect patients from infection
    • A full complement of arthroplasty options to handle all revision situations
    • An on-site tissue bank for all reconstruction needs


    Physical Therapy ServicesPhysical therapist helping a patient with leg strengthening exercises

    • Preoperative physical therapy assessment to help the patient prepare for the operation
    • In-hospital physical therapy to assist the patient with transfers and walking during the perioperative period
    • A full outpatient physical therapy department to help patients maximize their recovery
       

    Total Joint Arthroplasty Database

    Since 1988, the Joint Replacement Surgery section of Lahey's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has gathered data on more than 4,000 patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery. These patient records allow us to perform state-of-the-art academic reviews and reports concerning the performance of our total joint arthroplasty patients.

    The Joint Replacement Surgery section is heavily involved in research studies that continue to improve the care delivered to our patients. One of our missions is to increase the amount of knowledge available concerning these very important procedures.
     

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