Orthopedic Surgeons Help Patients Live Pain-Free

June 03, 2014

The orthopedic surgeons at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital do more than repair broken bones and replace aging joints. Their expertise provides many patients an opportunity to return to a life without pain.

“If a patient is living in pain that interferes with activities of daily living and it isn’t getting better, then it’s time to see a specialist,” said Henri Pierre-Jacques, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Henry Ford Wyandotte. “The most common reason people come to my office is pain.” Dr. Pierre-Jacques and his colleagues offer a full range of orthopedic services, from minimally invasive procedures for back and joint pain to full and partial joint replacement.

Most of Wyandotte’s joint replacement patients are between 40 and 90 years old. Many suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or bone-tissue loss in the hip. Pain level, Dr. Pierre-Jacques said, often determines the appropriate surgical intervention.

“The goal of surgery,” Dr. Pierre-Jacques said, “is to get patients to a point where they’re not thinking about the pain.”

One option is arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. The surgeon makes small incisions and uses a scope to eliminate debris and fluid from around the joint. Recovery is fairly quick and includes a few weeks of physical therapy.

Joint replacement is another option. It is more complicated and recovery requires two to three months of physical therapy. The earlier a patient seeks help for joint pain, Dr. Pierre-Jacques noted, the easier it will be to treat. Henry Ford Wyandotte has an encouraging track record. Dr. Pierre-Jacques reported that, in terms of alleviating a patient’s pain, he and his orthopedic colleagues have a success rate of about 95 to 98 percent. In addition to arthritis-related care, Henry Ford Wyandotte also offers sports medicine services, hand surgery, advanced imaging and diagnostics, shoulder care and more.

“We’ve worked in the community for many years. We have a track record of successful procedures and a highly regarded reputation,” Dr. Pierre-Jacques said. “We’re proud to offer a full spectrum of care.”