With a current long-term success rate of 95% for knee and hip replacement surgeries, it's important to let people know that there is an alternative to living painful, sedentary lifestyles."
Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
Dr. Michael J. Star, a board certified orthopedic physician with fellowship training in total joint replacement, has practiced in Santa Rosa since 1991, and has authored many scientific papers on topics of interest to the orthopedic profession. His most recent article informs patients and physicians alike about the remarkable improvements that orthopedic professionals have developed over the years in total knee and total hip replacement.
Dr. Star asserts, “The fact that 200,000 knee replacements and 450,000 total knee replacements are performed in the United States each year helps give you an idea of how many people suffer from chronic joint pain. With a current long-term success rate of 95% for knee and hip replacement surgeries--a figure that will only get better--it’s important to educate people on the latest advancements in joint replacement technology, and to let them know that there is an alternative to living sedentary lifestyles.”
Orthopedic surgeons have been performing artificial joint replacements for over forty years. During this time, as Dr. Star points out, physician research and collaboration has led to remarkable strides forward in the efficacy of joint replacement procedures. Advancements in surgical techniques and artificial joint materials, called “prostheses,” have significantly increased the endurance of the artificial joints themselves, making joint replacement a more viable treatment option for young people, as well as seniors who maintain active lifestyles. Current prostheses can last for decades without causing pain or limits to mobility.
Dr. Star goes on to explain how aggressive physical rehabilitation following joint replacement surgery is another significant determinate in the overall reduction of pain and restoration of range of motion. In accordance with these findings, Santa Rosa Orthopaedics accommodate patients with the latest rehabilitative care from experienced physical therapists in a 10,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.
At SRO, Dr. Star is part of a collaborative team of nine multi-specialist orthopedic surgeons, and experienced physical and occupational therapists. In its efforts to bring the best outcomes to patients, SRO has set the model for exceptional orthopedic care for over 60 years. SRO offers patients in-house diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, sports injury prevention, as well as advanced surgical treatments in joint replacement, sports medicine, trauma care, hand, foot, and ankle surgery and general orthopaedic surgery.
For more information on Michael J. Star, total joint replacement, and Santa Rosa Orthopaedics’ other services, visit our website (http://www.srortho.com) or call (707) 546-1922 to schedule an appointment.