Our Total Joint Replacement Team
Kevin B. Cleveland, M.D.
John R. Crockarell, M.D.
Gregory D. Dabov, M.D.
Marcus C. Ford, M.D.
James L. Guyton, M.D.
James W. Harkess, M.D.
Robert K. Heck, M.D.
Marc J. Mihalko, M.D.
William M. Mihalko, M.D.,
Patrick C Toy, M.D.
What is total joint replacement?
The goal of joint replacement is to ease pain and restore motion to knees, hips and other joints damaged by trauma, arthritis or wear and tear associated with age. Our specialists offer the most advanced joint replacement techniques and treatments available.
During a total or partial joint replacement, some or all of the damaged parts in your affected joint will be surgically removed and replaced with new artificial components. Advances in technology have improved not only the patient experience during this procedure but, ultimately, the outcomes for patients and the life spans of the implanted devices.
What to consider before total joint replacement
Your physician will begin the process by evaluating your medical history and X-ray images, reviewing your symptoms, discussing your goals and evaluating the progression of the condition that causes your pain and limitations. Conservative treatment options, including physical therapy, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, localized injections and behavior or weight modification may be recommended prior to considering surgery.
Where to receive a total joint replacement
If you elect to proceed with a total joint replacement, we have the largest team of total joint replacement surgeons in the Memphis area and offer same-day, outpatient total joint replacement. This procedure enables patients to have their joint replacement in a comfortable, quiet surgery center. Upon completion of the procedure, the patient is able to go home where he or she can begin recovery in a familiar environment supported by family and friends. Patients who have their joints replaced in this setting rave about their experiences and experience very positive outcomes after surgery. Some of the additional benefits include better pain management, a lower risk of complications and an improved attitude and mindset during recovery.
We also perform total joint replacement surgery at several area hospitals. Outcomes in these facilities are also very positive, and pending the release from their surgeons, patients may go home in a day or less.