Joint Replacement

Charles Capito, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Charles Capito, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Weirton, WV, Stuebenville, OH, & Oakdale, PA

Your knees, hips & shoulders endure a lot of stress; even if it’s just from everyday activities like kneeling, climbing stairs and lifting. When you can barely manage to use your hip, knee or shoulder due to osteoarthritis, Charles P. Capito, MD, in Weirton, West Virginia, Steubenville, Ohio, or Oakdale, Pennsylvania, can help relieve the pain and keep you moving with specific joint replacement surgery. To learn whether it’s time for you to consider a joint replacement, schedule an appointment online or call the office nearest you.

Joint Replacement Q & A

When might I need a joint replacement?

At his office, Charles P. Capito, MD evaluates & treats osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and shoulder. This type of wear-and-tear arthritis develops as cartilage breaks down over years and eventually wears to bone rubbing on bone rather than smooth cartilage on cartilage.

As more of the cartilage wears away, your joint becomes stiff and painful, often swollen, resulting in symptoms that progressively worsen until you can’t do the simplest daily tasks. When osteoarthritis becomes so bad that non-surgical therapies don’t provide enough relief, it may be time for a joint replacement.

How is a total knee replacement performed?

During a total knee replacement, Dr. Capito removes all the remaining cartilage together with any damaged bone beneath the cartilage. Then he cleans and reshapes the bones in the knee joint, which includes the top of your shinbone, the bottom of your thigh bone, and the kneecap.

For the next step, Dr. Capito attaches Stryker’s GetAroundKnee™ system. This prosthetic joint is different than traditional knee replacements because it promotes normal movement by providing the same circular motion naturally found in your knee joint.

Metal pieces that rebuild the joint restore the ends of each leg bone. Then a plastic liner is placed between the metal components to serve as your new cartilage.

What is a unicompartmental knee replacement?

Unicompartmental knee replacements, also called partial knee replacements, are possible when cartilage degeneration is limited to just one or two parts of the knee and all your ligaments are healthy. The Stryker knee replacements used by Dr. Capito give you three options:

  • Unicondylar knee replacement - to replace one of the knee compartments
  • Patellofemoral knee replacement - to replace the kneecap and the groove in the thigh bone that supports the kneecap
  • Bicompartmental knee replacement - to replace two compartments

During your customized partial knee replacement, Dr. Capito makes a small incision near the affected compartment. Then he carefully moves muscles and ligaments out of the way, so they stay intact and replaces that part of the joint.

A partial knee replacement allows you to keep more of your natural knee structures, which may improve your long-term outcome as well as decrease your risk of infection.

If osteoarthritis interferes with your sleep or stops you from doing the activities you love, call Charles P. Capito, MD, or book an appointment online.

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