Orthopedic Procedures

Dupont Hospital offers comprehensive and integrated treatments for patients with orthopedic needs. The hospital's pursuit and evaluation of the latest treatment techniques and a dedication to patient-friendly pain management and physical and occupational therapy techniques lead to improved outcomes and, hopefully, pain-free lives for patients. Orthopedic procedures offered at Dupont Hospital include:

ACL Procedures
Anterior cruciate ligament injuries are a fairly common sports injury and can be devastating to athletes. Over the past two decades, however, arthroscopic techniques and instrumentation have evolved, allowing surgeons to perform anatomical reconstruction of the ACL. A comprehensive team of fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeons, along with physical therapists and certified athletic trainers, help patients get back in the game. Surgical interventions and rehabilitation programs are individualized to the specific needs of each patient. Rehabilitation focuses on early return of motion and strength with progression to sport-specific exercises. The goal, when appropriate, is to return athletes to unrestricted play as quickly as possible.

Anterior-Approach Hip Replacement
Anterior-approach hip replacement, a procedure that offers patients the benefits of a quicker recovery and improved maneuverability, are available at Dupont Hospital. Anterior-approach hip replacement, which is performed on a special surgical table with traction-like boots, enables surgeons to stabilize patients' legs independently, as well as raise or lower legs and upper bodies to maintain proper alignment. A hip can be replaced through a single incision with no detachment of muscle from the pelvis to the femur. X-rays may also be taken during surgery to ensure proper implant placement and leg length.

Hand Surgery
Orthopedic and hand surgeons specialize in surgically repairing hands damaged by conditions such as arthritis, lupus, tendonitis, genetic abnormalities and traumatic and workplace injuries. Because so many types of tissue make hand function possible, hand surgeries, which are either open or arthroscopic, are extremely intricate procedures. The goal of all procedures is to restore as much function as possible. After surgery, a team of specialized hand therapists works with patients, splinting, exercising and retraining the hand.

Existing Total Joint Revisions
For various reasons, implants that have been functioning for years sometimes need to be replaced. These revisions can be made at Dupont Hospital.

Unicompartmental Partial Knee Replacement
Patients with severe arthritis of the knee joint have the option of a partial knee replacement
instead of a traditional total knee replacement. The minimally invasive unicompartmental knee arthroplasty is a surgery in which either the inside (medial), outside (lateral) or front (patellofemoral) compartment of the knee is replaced. Only one part of the damaged cartilage and bone is removed and replaced with a small implant. Patients who qualify for the UKA cannot have widespread arthritis in the joint. Benefits of UKA include better range of motion, better knee function, less pain and swelling, less therapy and a quicker recovery.