Our surgical experts at Carle MCO have over 100 years of combined surgical experience. Our team has performed thousands of surgeries from joint replacements to arthroscopies, total replacements, and everything in-between. No matter your need, we strive to relieve your pain and get you back to your daily activities as soon as possible. Learn more about the procedures we perform and see if any of them are right for you!

Joint Replacement

There are a variety of reconstructive surgery options available for adults seeking relief from painful orthopedic conditions. Total joint replacement becomes necessary when the cartilage between bones completely breaks down, causing the ends of the bones to rub together. Joint deterioration happens over time and can be due to a multitude of factors, including arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other degenerative joint diseases. The surgical procedure involves replacing the damaged joint with a prosthetic device that replicates the function of a healthy joint. 

Hip replacement surgery, knee replacement surgery, and shoulder surgery are among the most common forms of adult reconstructive surgery. The expert surgeons at Carle MCO have extensive experience treating a variety of joint conditions. They can assist you with surgical and noninvasive treatment options to repair your joints and relieve hip, knee, and shoulder pain.

How Do I Know If I Need a Joint Replacement?

Various signs can indicate the need for a joint replacement. The absolute best way to find out if you're ready for joint replacement surgery is to visit an orthopedic specialist. Take the first step toward relief by scheduling an appointment with a professional from Carle McLean County Orthopedics. These symptoms can vary among patients and the type of joint affected.

  • Significant pain even after the use of medication
  • Pain that still occurs during rest
  • Pain or stiffness that prevents movements
  • Lack of relief from other noninvasive treatment methods
  • Difficulty or inability to complete daily tasks
  • Imaging tests have shown that severe joint damage or advanced arthritis have occurred

Physical and occupational therapy each play a significant role post-surgery. Carle MCO's trained physical therapists will implement proper techniques to increase range of motion, improve functionality, and reduce pain. Our occupational therapists will ensure that you redevelop the necessary skills, mobility, and coordination needed for daily activities. Call us today to learn more about your treatment options. (309) 608-5100

Shoulder Replacement

Shoulder replacements are one of the most common shoulder procedures Carle MCO performs. These procedures are used to treat different forms of arthritis, severe fractures, and other painful conditions within the shoulder. In shoulder replacement surgery, the surgeon removes the damaged areas and replaces them with prosthetics, leading to improved motion, strength, and function. Click here for more information.

Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

When a conventional shoulder replacement is not the best option, surgeons turn to reverse total shoulder replacement. This procedure is better for patients with large rotator cuff tears and more complex shoulder conditions. Candidates for reverse total shoulder replacement include those who experience an unrepairable torn rotator cuff, cuff tear arthropathy, an unsuccessful shoulder replacement, severe shoulder pain, complex fracture, chronic shoulder dislocation, tumor of the shoulder joint, or have simply exhausted other methods of treatment. Click here for more information.

Total Hip Replacement

Hips can be damaged by arthritis, fractures, or other painful conditions. When this happens, normal activities such as walking or sitting down and standing up can become increasingly difficult or painful. Total hip replacement is an option for those seeking relief from hip pain. This procedure involves the removal of damaged bone and cartilage and replacing it with prosthetics. Click here to learn more.

Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacements are one of the most effective medical procedures, leading to thousands of patient success stories. Arthritis, deformity, and injury can damage the knees and make it difficult to perform daily activities such as walking or climbing stairs. If non-surgical treatments have not relieved your pain, muscle weakness, or improved joint function, it may be time to consider a total knee replacement. In this procedure, the surface of the bones is replaced, resulting in a reduction of knee pain and improved function. Click here for more information.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Carle MCO surgeons perform many different arthroscopic procedures, including those within the shoulder. Shoulder arthroscopy allows the surgeon to examine the inside of a shoulder joint using a small camera. This is a less invasive procedure, as the arthroscope and surgical instruments used are thin and require only a small incision. Common arthroscopic procedures include rotator cuff repair, bone spur removal, ligament repair, removal of inflamed tissue, recurrent shoulder dislocation repair, etc. Click here for more information.

Knee Arthroscopy

Doctors use knee arthroscopies to view the inside of the knee to help diagnose and treat a variety of knee conditions. This effective procedure only requires a small incision, as the arthroscope (small camera) is about the size of a pencil. This camera displays images of the inside of the knees on a screen so the surgeon can guide the instruments as necessary to feel, repair, or removed damaged tissue. Click here to learn more.

Hip Arthroscopy

During hip arthroscopy, a surgeon will insert a small camera (arthroscope) into your hip joint so that they can see the inside. This surgery is recommended when non-surgical treatment doesn’t fix the problem. Hip arthroscopies can relieve painful symptoms associated with infection, dysplasia, synovitis, damage to the labrum, cartilage surrounding the joint, and other orthopedic conditions. Click here to learn more.