Maine's leading knee, hip, and shoulder replacement experts are together at Maine Medical Partners — Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Our Board certified surgeons offer today's most advanced care for arthritis-affected joints and injuries. In partnership with the Joint Replacement Center at Maine Medical Center, our team provides expert, world-class orthopedic care right here in Maine.
A minimally-invasive procedure, anterolateral total hip replacement is performed through a small incision on the anterior, or side, of the hip. Because muscles and tendons are not disturbed, the prosthetic joint is more likely to remain in place during the recovery process. Patients who have had anterolateral hip replacement do not have the same movement restrictions as those who have had a posterior total hip replacement. This procedure typically results in less pain, quicker recovery and faster return to everyday activities
For patients undergoing a "traditional" hip replacement, a posterior approach is used to access the diseased hip joint, remove and resurface arthritic bone and implant the replacement joint. A prosthetic joint is specially selected by the surgeon to match the patient's anatomy.
Patients with arthritis in the knee joint experience pain when the smooth cartilage at the ends of the bones is damaged or missing. During knee replacement surgery, the surgeon removes arthritic and damaged bone in the knee joint, resurfaces the remaining bone and implants a replacement knee joint. Prosthetic joints are made of plastic and metal and are specially selected by the surgeon to match the build of a patient's body. Advances in technology now allow some patients to undergo knee replacement surgery who might not have been candidates in the past.
Patients with arthritis in the shoulder joint experience pain when bones in the joint rub together. During shoulder replacement surgery, the surgeon removes arthritic and damaged bone in the shoulder joint, resurfaces the bone and implants a replacement shoulder joint. Prosthetic joints are made of plastic or metal and are specially selected by the surgeon to match the build of a patient's body.
Other services provided include elbow replacement, partial knee replacement, knee revision, knee arthroscopy, reverse shoulder replacement, arthroscopic shoulder, and shoulder fracture surgeries. Please talk to your provider if you have questions or would like to learn more about any of our services.