Fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Czarkowski performs expert-level joint replacement surgery. He has performed thousands of successful knee and shoulder replacements in his 26 years of practice. He specializes in knee and shoulder surgery.
Knee problems are among the most common orthopedic conditions. You can injure your knee by tearing a ligament, tendon, cartilage, or meniscus. This can happen at work, during exercise or sports, or just around the house. Many patients also develop osteoarthritis of the knee, which causes pain and swelling and limited mobility in the joint as the cartilage deteriorates.
If you have a knee problem, you probably have sharp or continual pain in the joint, even when resting; swelling that doesn’t seem to get better; catching or locking of the joint; difficulty extending or bending your leg completely; pain associated with walking, running, or even standing; and instability or weakness in the joint.
A variety of treatments can fix knee problems, but knee replacement surgery is often recommended when more conservative treatments are not enough. Common knee replacement procedures include:
- Total Knee Replacement
- Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement - Arthroplasty
- Partial Knee Replacement
- Knee revision / osteotomy
If you are unsure about having joint replacement or reconstructive surgery, we can present an alternative solution that works well for many patients with knee arthritis, such as knee arthroscopy or a partial knee replacement.
Shoulder problems are often associated with inflammation that causes swelling, limited movement, and pain in the shoulder joint and arm muscles. Work-related injuries and sports injuries can lead to shoulder conditions due to repetitive motion and overuse.
You may notice pain with overhead activities or while lying on your side sleeping. The pain may be in the bicep muscle or around the shoulder cuff, and you may notice tingling or numbness radiating into your elbow, forearm, or hand. Shoulder conditions require a specialist for proper care, from diagnosing the problem to shoulder rehabilitation.
Shoulder replacement surgery is only necessary for severe injuries or when all other options fail to fix the problem. Shoulder surgery procedures include:
If you’ve been told you need surgery to fix your knee or shoulder, come directly to St. Vincent Sports Medicine. Dr. Czarkowski will let you know if you are a candidate for joint replacement or a less invasive alternative surgery. Schedule a consultation with an expert shoulder surgeon today. Dial (317) 564-4037or request an appointment online now with Dr. Robert Czarkowski.