Joint replacement surgeries at Orthopedic Associates in St. Louis are performed by orthopedic surgeons with additional education and training in joint replacement procedures of the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow, wrist, and finger joints. All of our surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, which is an additional mark of distinction that extends beyond minimum standards and competency for their specialty, and several have additional education and focus on specific areas of the body. The joint replacement procedures and techniques performed by our surgeons vary and are determined by your individual condition or injury, though each individual doctor stays abreast of the latest advancements, techniques, and innovations to provide each patient with the best possible outcome.
Because joint replacement procedures involve removing and replacing a damaged joint with an artificial joint or prosthesis, some procedures require an overnight stay in a hospital setting. However, recent advancements in some areas of the body have led to outpatient joint replacement procedures, which allow patients to return home the same day as their surgery. Our joint replacement specialists, Dr. Robert Bell, Dr. James Burke, Dr. Richard Hulsey, Dr. Robert Kramer, Dr. Christopher Mudd, Dr. Ryan Pitts, and Dr. Gary Schmidt, have experience in both inpatient and outpatient surgeries and will work with you to determine your best course of treatment. Additionally, since nearly every orthopedic treatment may require several diagnostic tools and postsurgical care, our practice has committed to offering you those conveniences on-site at our practice location on Old Des Peres Road.
SIGNS YOU MAY BE READY FOR A JOINT REPLACEMENT
Your specific type of joint pain or symptoms offer insights into your condition or injury. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may need to consult with a joint replacement expert:
- You find you need assistance with daily routines or tasks.
- You're experiencing pain that keeps you up at night and/or is not relieved with rest.
- Conservative treatment options to alieve your pain are no longer effective.
- Symptoms are getting progressively worse with time or activity.
- You are feeling worn down physically, emotionally, and mentally from your condition.
SUPERIOR ACCESS TO EXCEPTIONAL JOINT CARE
At Orthopedic Associates, our team of board-certified specialists and staff strive for excellence in orthopedic medicine and podiatry, offering exceptional knowledge and skill in every patient encounter. When diagnosing injuries and conditions, our doctors consider all factors and options before offering a care recommendation and are committed to attempting nonsurgical treatment options first before recommending surgery. Our joint replacement surgeons, Dr. Robert Bell, Dr. James Burke, Dr. Richard Hulsey, Dr. Robert Kramer, Dr. Christopher Mudd, Dr. Ryan Pitts, and Dr. Gary Schmidt, will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan that meets your individual needs and concerns.
However, for advanced conditions or serious injuries, joint replacement surgery, such as a total or partial joint replacement surgery, shoulder replacement, or total ankle replacement, may be the best treatment choice. If this is true for you, you can move forward in confidence knowing our dedicated joint surgeons are board-certified, have additional training, and will perform the procedure with care, skill, and precision.
All along the way—from diagnosis to treatment and surgery as well as postoperative recovery—we are here for you. Our additional services, including digital X-ray, MRI, durable medical equipment (DME), physical therapy, and our surgery center, are all conveniently accessible to you.
We also have the following locations available to you in St. Louis as well as throughout Missouri and Illinois:
- Main Office – Old Des Peres Road, St. Louis, Missouri
- Parkland Health Center – Bonne Terre, Missouri
- Madison Medical Center, Outpatient Clinic – Fredericktown, Missouri
- Sunset Hills Healthcare – St. Louis, Missouri
- Southwest Medical Center – St. Louis, Missouri
- Troy – Troy, Missouri
- Eleven South Professional Building – Columbia, Illinois
- Red Bud Regional Hospital – Red Bud, Illinois
To schedule an appointment with one of our joint replacement experts, please call (314) 569-0616 or use the button below.
Meet Our Joint Replacement Doctors
Robert R. Bell, M.D.
James S. Burke, Jr., M.D.
Richard E. Hulsey, M.D.
Robert S. Kramer, M.D.
Christopher D. Mudd, M.D.
Ryan T. Pitts, M.D.
Gary J. Schmidt, M.D.
As of Jan. 1, Robert R. Bell, M.D., Christopher D. Mudd, M.D., and Ryan T. Pitts, M.D., of Orthopedic Associates are on staff at the SSM Health St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, located at 1015 Bowles...