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Arthritis and Joint Replacement

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of degenerative joint disease. OA occurs most frequently in the knees, hips and hands. It is often referred to as ‘wear and tear’ that effects the cartilage in the joints. The cartilage acts as a shock absorber and as an articulating surface between the bones in the joint. With age, our joints will pick up degenerative changes and these changes can be more symptomatic in some more than others. The severity of your symptoms will guide which treatment options are most appropriate for you. Optimal management requires a variety of treatments and depending on the severity of the condition may require surgical intervention. Surgery is reserved for severe clinical disease with structural changes in the joint.

Knee Procedures

Total Knee Replacement

A total knee replacement involves Professor Moran removing the damaged surfaces of the knee joint and replacing them with metal and plastic components referred to as the prosthesis. The implant is designed to replace the function of a healthy knee. Please refer to our TKR booklet for further information on the prehab, procedure and recovery

Partial Knee Replacement

Some patients may be suitable for a partial knee replacement, if the damage to the joint is confined to one compartment of the joint. If this is the case then the effected part of the joint will be replaced with a prosthesis.

Shoulder Procedures

Reverse Shoulder Replacement

In a reverse shoulder replacement, the normal ball-and-socket structure of the shoulder joint is reversed. An artificial ball is attached to the shoulder blade. An artificial socket is attached to the top of the arm bone. The large deltoid muscle that covers the shoulder is typically then able to move the arm.

A photo of Professor Cathal Moran, knee and shoulder specialist, in office in Sports Surgery Clinic, Santry, Dublin