Submitted by Orthopaedic Specialists
The hip bone’s connected to the backbone. The backbone’s connected to the neck bone. The neck bone’s connected to the head bone, and they’re all connected by joints.
A joint is the connection made between bones in the body. They are constructed to allow for different degrees and types of movement, so that makes them very important. Properly functioning joints allow us the freedom to do everything we do.
Accidents, disease, and normal wear and tear on joints often hinder full mobility. When non-surgical treatments don’t work, it’s time to talk with an orthopaedic specialist.
Orthopaedic Specialists in Davenport is pleased to announce the arrival of a new orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Ryan Pokorney. Dr. Pokorney completed his undergraduate degree at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2010, and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2015. Dr. Pokorney was fellowship trained in adult reconstructive surgery at New England Baptist Hospital’s prestigious Otto E. Aufranc fellowship.
His areas of expertise make him particularly adept at revision joint replacement for hips and knees, but what exactly is a revision joint replacement?
A revision joint replacement means that surgery must be done to replace a worn out joint replacement. People may also refer to a revision joint replacement as a repeat joint replacement.
A revision joint replacement is often more complicated. There is no limit to the number of revision replacements that can be performed, although they generally become more difficult each time.
“Most joint replacements last for many years, but there are many factors that can lead to their need to be replaced. For example, loosening of the implant, infection — or simply a lot of use through physical activity — can all contribute to the need for a replacement,” says Dr. Pokorney. “A revision joint can help people regain their mobility once again.”
Dr. Pokorney also brings expertise in hip arthroscopy that helps to diagnose and treat hip conditions.
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure orthopaedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. The word arthroscopy comes from two Greek words, “arthro” (joint) and “skopein” (to look). The term literally means “to look within the joint.”
“Hip arthroscopy is performed through small incisions using a camera to see the inside of a joint. A camera is inserted into one incision, and small instruments through the other incision. This enhances both diagnosis and treatment of hip issues,” says Dr. Pokorney. “Hip arthroscopy isn’t as common as knee and shoulder arthroscopy, but it has been performed for many years. The nice thing about hip arthroscopy is that it is much less invasive than traditional hip procedures.”
You may need hip arthroscopy if you have a painful condition that does not respond to non-surgical treatment. Non-surgical treatment includes rest, physical therapy, and medications or injections that can reduce inflammation. Inflammation is one of your body’s normal reactions to injury or disease. In an injured or diseased hip joint, inflammation causes swelling, pain, and stiffness.
A wealth of joint replacements. A wealth of specialists.
Dr. Pokorney and the entire team at Orthopaedic Specialists provide the expertise and experience necessary for rapid recovery after orthopaedic surgery. They handle everything from reverse total shoulder replacement to small joint replacement in the toes — and so much more. The result is people quickly getting back to feeling like themselves and doing the things they enjoy.
To learn more about Orthopaedic Specialists, call 563-344-9292, or visit OSQuadCities.com.
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