Hip & Knee Reconstruction

Whether through age or injury, the protective cartilage around your joints can become damaged or show signs of decay. The resulting pain can limit your mobility and keep you from doing the things you love.

The good news is: You have options. Get your life back with hip and knee joint reconstruction at Midwest Orthopaedic Center, your home for orthopaedics. Here, Dr. Akeson, Dr. Gibbons, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Luetkemeyer, Dr. Merkley, Dr. Mitzelfelt, Dr. Mulvey and Dr. Osuji are the board-certified surgeons dedicated to your recovery. Their seasoned expertise and careful guidance will get you moving comfortably once more.

We’re accepting new patients and offering minimally invasive and robotic-assisted knee and hip replacements. Through these reconstructive procedures, a prosthetic joint can provide you with increased mobility, more flexibility and new possibilities.

To learn more about common orthopaedic conditions, treatments and procedures, including hip and knee reconstruction, visit OrthoInfo, a database operated by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Patient's knee being wrapped

When you’re unable to move due to the stress or pressure in your hip or knee joint, you may need a joint replacement. As your knee and hip become subject to age-related conditions, the cartilage around these joints begins to degenerate.

Over time, the bone-on-bone friction creates inflammation and pain that makes it hard to walk, stand or even put weight on your afflicted leg. After your orthopaedic doctor consults with you and gets a closer look at what’s causing your pain, they’ll discuss the next steps to address your problem.

If this pain can’t be resolved with anti-inflammatory medications, lifestyle adjustments or minimally invasive hip resurfacing procedures, your doctor will prepare you for a hip or knee replacement.

Your doctor will plan your procedure based on the progression and severity of osteoporosis, bone and cartilage decay and the amount of pain you experience on a daily basis. Your hip or knee might call for a standard surgical approach, a minimally invasive anterior reconstructive approach or a robotic-assisted method using the latest technologies for added precision and care.

Normally, the rounded head of your thighbone –– the femoral head –– should comfortably fit within the socket inside your hip bone. Cartilage within that socket acts as protective tissue between both bones. When the cartilage wears down, the two bones may rub together, causing pain and inflammation while impacting your daily life.

After analyzing your symptoms, your doctor will determine whether your hip requires total reconstruction or resurfacing. In a total hip replacement, an artificial joint takes the place of the diseased cartilage between the femur, or thigh bone, and the pelvic bone. Meanwhile, resurfacing means that the femoral head is smoothed with a prosthetic covering to allow for easier movement and minimized difficulties.

Here, we perform total and partial knee replacements, with the nature of each procedure determined by the patient’s immediate needs.

Surgeries may be biocompartmental, medial, patellofemoral or lateral.

In a biocompartmental knee replacement, the doctor reconstructs the internal compartment of the knee as well as the kneecap with an implant.

For a medial replacement, the doctor performs a partial reconstruction of the inside compartment.

With a patellofemoral replacement, your doctor reconstructs the knee’s front-facing portion, where your kneecap meets your thighbone.

Finally, in a lateral replacement, your doctor reconstructs the outside part of your knee.

The amount of time it takes you to get used to your new hip or knee is entirely dependent on you. More than 85 percent of our surgical patients are up and walking on the same day as their surgery.

That said, the healing process takes time and your doctor will prescribe a physical therapy plan for you to follow. Our certified therapists will guide you through a routine of stretches, exercises and movements that acquaint you with your prosthetic joint, helping it feel as natural as the body parts you’ve had since birth.

On average, hip and knee replacements last around 10 to 15 years, but if you follow your doctor’s recommendations and stay active –– while avoiding overexertion and injury –– you have the potential to extend the life of your hip and knee implant by many years.

How We Reconstruct Your Hips & Knees

If surgery is recommended, you’ll have your procedure at Midwest Orthopaedic Hospital. As part of the UnityPoint Health network, our state-of-the-art facility combines comfort and convenience with the most advanced technologies available. Here, we offer arthroscopic procedures, traditional joint replacement surgery, minimally invasive anterior operations, and robotic-assisted surgeries for the ultimate in precision.

Through the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery System, your doctor uses CT scans to develop a 3D rendering of your knee or hip. This serves as a guide for the surgeon throughout the process and can be retooled before and during the procedure to accommodate any adjustments that need to be made. With smaller incisions and on-demand, real-time data, the Mako system helps preserve more bone and natural tissue, to provide a smoother recovery process and a longer-lasting prosthetic joint.

After your stay at Midwest Orthopaedic Hospital, you’ll begin your recovery. This usually involves regular physical therapy appointments at our rehabilitation facilities in our Peoria or Pekin locations. With a team of certified therapists and a wide array of therapies offered depending on your needs –– including manual, soft tissue and aquatic therapy –– our treatment is designed to get you back home better than before.

Our Doctors

Picture of Jeffrey Akeson, M.D.
Jeffrey Akeson, M.D.
hip, knee, neck, back, Fracture Care, Hip & Knee Reconstruction, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Robotic Surgery, Trauma Care
Picture of Michael J. Gibbons, M.D.
Michael J. Gibbons, M.D.
knee, shoulder, Robotic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Hip & Knee Reconstruction
Picture of Luke Luetkemeyer, M.D.
Luke Luetkemeyer, M.D.
hip, knee, Hip & Knee Reconstruction, Robotic Surgery
Picture of Thomas J. Mulvey, M.D.
Thomas J. Mulvey, M.D.
hip, knee, Hip & Knee Reconstruction, Robotic Surgery
Picture of Nicholas O’Neill, D.O.
Nicholas O’Neill, D.O.
hip, knee, Hip & Knee Reconstruction, Robotic Surgery
Picture of Chukwunenye Osuji, M.D.
Chukwunenye Osuji, M.D.
hip, knee, Fracture Care, Hip & Knee Reconstruction, Robotic Surgery, Trauma Care

Meet Our Patients

From Dr. Osuji to his staff, they're so caring. I've never had quite that kind of treatment with an operation. I would recommend everyone to go there if they have the kind of problems that I had.

Sandra Schmidgall

A hip replacement patient who loves to volunteer in her community –– from Peoria, IL.

Jim Zilch Midwest Orthopaedic Patient
When I sit down with Dr. Mitzelfelt, it’s like sitting down with my dad or my brother –– that’s the kind of doctor that he is.

Jim Zilch

A knee replacement patient who loves boating –– from East Peoria, IL.

At Midwest Orthopaedic Center, I trust Dr. Gibbons completely with my care. He's the very best there is.

A patient of Dr. Gibbons

He is the Best! A visit with Dr. Mulvey is like visiting a family friend.

A patient of Dr. Mulvey

I wish I had my surgery years ago. I've been so surprised and so elated that I have gotten that full motion back. Within six months, I was walking all around Arches National Park.

Michèle Marshall

A knee replacement patient who loves to hike –– from East Peoria, IL.

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