Osteoarthritis is a common joint disease in which early treatment aims to relieve your pain and keep you active. As an experienced specialist in osteoarthritis, Dr. Christopher R. Boone provides the full range of treatments. He offers noninvasive and conservative options from physical therapy and innovative injection therapy, such as platelet-rich plasma, to advanced robot-assisted joint replacement when nonsurgical treatments fail to relieve your symptoms. If you suffer from the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis, call the office in Bellevue, Washington, or book an appointment online.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that gradually develops as daily wear-and-tear breaks down cartilage. Cartilage covers the ends of bones in every joint, where its job is to ensure the bones can glide freely and smoothly without grating against one another.
Over time, daily movement and pressure take a toll on the cartilage. As the cartilage degenerates, bone rubs against bone, causing the pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility that are typical of osteoarthritis. Eventually, inflammation and bone spurs also develop, which worsens your symptoms.
Osteoarthritis can develop in any joint in your body, but it most often affects your knees and hips.
Your treatment may begin with activity modification, such as switching from high-impact to low-impact exercise, a weight loss program if needed, and physical therapy to alleviate pain, strengthen the joint, and maintain movement.
You may also benefit from injection therapy such as:
When pain and limited joint movement persist or worsen despite conservative treatment, Dr. Boone may recommend robot-assisted joint replacement.
Dr. Boone specializes in hip and knee replacement when osteoarthritis causes severe pain and joint damage. During a joint replacement, he removes the damaged cartilage and a small amount of bone and replaces them with metal and ceramic components that re-create the joint.
When you choose Dr. Boone for your hip or knee replacement, you gain another benefit: he’s an expert in robot-assisted joint replacement. Using one of two robot-assisted options, Dr. Boone ensures your joint replacement is highly customized:
Dr. Boone controls the Mako robotic arm, using it to create a 3D image of your knee or hip. Then he uses the image to determine how much bone to remove and the precise placement of the prosthetic pieces. He also uses the robotic arm to prepare the bone and implant the prosthetic parts.
This robot-assisted system uses a handheld device with a built-in real-time imaging system. Dr. Boone uses it the same way as the robotic arm, planning your procedure with the detailed images of your joint, then using the device to remove diseased bone and insert the new hip or knee parts.
The Mako and NAVIO robot-assisted systems allow Dr. Boone to preserve the most healthy tissue and ensure precise placement of the prosthetic pieces, which is essential for optimal results. Both systems decrease operative time while at the same time increasing the precise placement of the components to fit your specific anatomy. The end result is a perfectly placed new joint with accelerated and improved recovery times!
If you suffer from hip or knee osteoarthritis, call Dr. Christopher R. Boone or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.