Joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty) involves removing the damaged joint and replacing it with an artificial one, usually a combination of metal and polyethylene. Arthroplasty of the hip or knee enables the patient to achieve improved joint function and mobility, with relief of the pre-operative arthritic pain.
Thomas Herzog, MD, is the orthopedic surgeon on staff at South Seminole Hospital with expertise in orthopedic surgery, including joint replacement. In 2005, South Seminole Hospital performed 103 total joint replacement procedures. We utilize minimally invasive techniques when possible and offer physical therapy as part of each patient's recovery. In general, the average stay in the hospital for a knee or hip replacement surgery is four and five days respectively.