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Joint Replacement

Areas of the body such as the knees, wrists, and hips can be severely affected by a number of conditions that limit range of motion and cause significant pain and discomfort. Cartilage of the joints can become worn down or damaged by trauma and disease, ultimately having an effect on your way of life. Joint replacement and other procedures involving treatment of damaged joints require extremely skilled and experienced joint replacement surgeons. At All-Star Orthopaedics, Drs. Thomas M. Schott, Mark S. Greenberg, Bing S. Tsay, and Kevin M. Honig offer state-of-the-art techniques to help you reduce pain and improve mobility in areas affected by arthritis and other conditions.

Although we typically only recommend surgery after other methods, such as medication and physical therapy, have been attempted, the team here at All-Star Orthopedics includes a number of specialists who can perform intricate surgical procedures designed to significantly improve your condition and reduce pain.

Hip Replacement

Hip replacement is a very common procedure, typically performed on patients affected by osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, injury, and other conditions can also necessitate hip replacement. Symptoms of hip arthritis are often characterized by aching pains in the hip that can be chronic or only occur occasionally. The pain from hip arthritis can sometimes also spread to the groin, thigh, buttock, and perhaps even the knee. Our treatment options include minimally invasive surgical techniques that can reduce pain, improve function, and enhance well-being.

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Knee Replacement

Damage to the knee by any means can lead to mobility difficulties and pain. Symptoms of arthritis in the knee include increased pain during activity, swelling, stiffness, and warmth in the joint. The latest non-surgical treatments can help address these concerns, but when minimally invasive approaches prove ineffective, our extensively trained team of orthopaedic surgeons can perform arthroscopic knee replacement surgery. Our innovative methods make it possible to restore pain-free motion to this hard-working joint and improve quality of life.

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Foot & Ankle Replacement

Ankle replacement surgery, or total ankle arthroplasty (TAA), is used to treat damage from arthritis and help patients return to comfortable movement. During the procedure, damaged tissues and bone are removed and replaced with metal and plastic components that mimic the natural ankle joint. Dr. Straus, who is certified in the latest ankle replacement methods and technology, can determine if this technique is appropriate for your needs. We emphasize non-surgical treatments foremost, but if those prove ineffective, TAA may be able to help you to enjoy greater ankle motion and significantly less discomfort.


Osteoarthritis is the gradual breaking down of cartilage of the joints. Typically affecting the hips, knees, hands, and feet. It is one of the more common, advanced forms of arthritis and can cause significant pain and debilitation. There are a variety of treatments for osteoarthritis, including non-surgical and surgical remedies.

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Osteonecrosis, also referred to as avascular necrosis, is a condition characterized by the loss of blood to the bones, ultimately causes bone tissue death. It often affects areas of the knees, hips, and elbows, and can cause significant pain. Although the exact cause of osteonecrosis is not known, stress fractures or trauma may be a contributing factor. Fluid build-up within the bone may also be a cause of diminished blood supply. Some cases of osteonecrosis may also be linked with obesity, steroid therapy, sickle cell anemia, and lupus. The condition can ultimately lead to severe osteoarthritis and limited range of motion. Pain and swelling can be leading indicators of osteonecrosis. Non-surgical treatment for early stages of osteonecrosis includes medication, physical therapy, reducing activity that involves the affected area, and possibly a temporary brace. Surgical treatment may include cleansing of the joint, knee replacement, and procedures designed to reduce pressure on the surface of the bone.

Shoulder Joint Replacement

Although rarely necessary, shoulder joint replacement surgery can help patients who have struggled to find relief from pain due to arthritis, injury, or wear and tear in this area. Many patients with severe shoulder arthritis find activity causes significantly greater discomfort and aching, and the pain typically increases with time. If minimally invasive and non-surgical options are unhelpful, surgical intervention can help clear away damaged tissue and restore function with less downtime than ever before.

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Wrist Joint Replacement

Wrist joint replacement can help those affected by arthritis, injury, disease, or infection in the wrist. These conditions can cause cartilage between bones in the wrist to wear down. This can become very painful and cause stiffness, swelling, and difficulty gripping objects. Wrist joint replacement involves removing the ends of the bones that are exhibiting worn-out cartilage and replacing them with artificial joints. The procedure can be performed as an outpatient. A cast will be required for the first several weeks after surgery, followed by a protective splint for the following six to eight weeks. Patients will need to perform routine exercises with the wrist after the splint is removed to improve strength. Follow-up appointments (about once a year) after surgery is generally recommended to ensure the artificial joints and implants are working properly.

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