Joint Care: Total Replacement and Alternative Options
Are stiff, painful joints keeping you from the activities you enjoy?
St. Luke's orthopedic experts can repair the joint damage you've suffered, whether it's from arthritis, an injury or another degenerative disorder. We're nationally recognized for our hip and knee replacement programs, plus we're leading advancements in new, alternative surgery options that speed up your healing and recovery. We'll develop a plan that works for you and care for you through treatment and rehabilitation.
You can quickly resume the activities you value most.
Surgeons operating at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke's Hospital are now offering Mako SmartRoboticsTM for joint replacement surgery. Mako is an innovative solution for individuals suffering from painful arthritis of the knee or hip, who haven't had relief from conservative treatments.
The advanced robotic-arm technology helps surgeons precisely place joint implant materials. At St. Luke's, Mako is used for the patellofemoral, partial knee, total knee and hip replacement surgeries as well as shoulder replacement in the future.
The Mako system uses a CT scan to create a virtual 3D model, which allows surgeons to identify the best implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient's anatomy before surgery.
Benefits of Mako joint replacement surgery include better joint placement precision, reduced amounts of pain medicine, shorter procedure times and faster recovery times compared with traditional joint replacement surgeries.
Hear from our Experts
Dr. Omar Akhtar, orthopedic surgeon at Physicians' Clinic of Iowa, joins Dr. Arnold to discuss the latest in joint replacement surgery. They also cover the most common joints that need to be replaced, recovery process, and what other orthopedic surgery advances Dr. Akhtar sees on the horizon.
How can I get rid of join pain in my hip, knee or shoulder?
Joint replacement surgery is the topic of this video interview with Dr. Jeff Nassif, Physicians' Clinic of Iowa P.C., orthopedic surgeon. He is joined by Jan Kriegel, a nurse with St. Luke's Ortho unit and total joint educator.
Groundbreaking surgery options
Rapid Recovery Joint Replacement. Developed at St. Luke's, this program combines patient education, surgical techniques and a personally tailored pain regimen to get you home sooner. Many patients go home as early as the next day. A shorter hospital stay means fewer complications, less infections and better outcomes. We've earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for our hip and knee replacement programs.
Hip Resurfacing. An alternative to total hip replacement, this bone-conserving surgery is often an option for younger patients, allowing a more active lifestyle following surgery, and possibly making future hip surgeries easier. Using VectorVision Flex, a computer-assisted surgery system, this procedure is more precise and less invasive. St. Luke's is the only hospital in the area using this ground-breaking technology and was the first hospital in North America to acquire VectorVision Flex.