Dr. Niels Linschoten has over 25 years of experience in orthopaedic surgery. He specializes in hip and knee replacements, with a special focus on hip and knee revision surgery, infected joint replacements, and other complex cases in hip and knee replacement.
Patients that need these complex hip and knee procedures often have difficulty finding a doctor who will help them. Dr. Linschoten’s goal is to help these patients wherever possible to relieve hip and knee pain and improve their quality of life.
These procedures typically have a greater risk of complications due to their complex nature, but Dr. Linschoten and his team take every precaution to minimize risk and provide the best possible results for each patient.
Below is a brief overview of Dr. Linschoten’s specialties. Click on each topic to learn more about how Dr. Linschoten can help. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, please call our office at (225) 478-8722.
Hip Revision Surgery
Total hip replacement can provide pain relief and improved function for several years for patients with hip arthritis. However, over time the implant can begin to wear and loosen, leading to pain and instability in the hip. In these cases, an additional procedure called hip revision surgery may be required to correct the problem. Complications after the original total hip replacement or an infection in the hip implants may also indicate the need for hip revision surgery.
Hip revision surgery is often more complex than the original procedure. The revision implants are typically larger than the original implants to provide more stability to the joint. Dr. Linschoten has several years of experience with hip revision surgery, and he and his team work with patients every step of the way to ensure the best possible results.
Knee Revision Surgery
Knee replacement surgery is a very common orthopaedic procedure. For many patients with knee arthritis, knee replacement surgery can reduce pain and improve function for several years. However, patients that get knee replacements at a younger age may “outlive” the life of their implants--the implants begin to wear or loosen, leading to pain and instability. This may require a procedure called knee revision surgery to correct the problem. Complications or infections after surgery may also require knee revision surgery.
During a knee revision procedure, Dr. Linschoten removes the original knee implants and replaces them with new implants. Knee revision implants are typically larger than the original implants to strengthen and stabilize the joint. Although knee revision surgery is more complex than the original knee replacement, Dr. Linschoten and his team work together to provide the best possible results for patients.
Infected Joint Replacements
Only a small percentage of patients develop an infection after hip or knee replacement surgery, although every joint replacement procedure carries a risk of infection and other complications. However, infected joint replacements require special care to clear the infection and allow for the best possible function of the artificial joint.
If the infection spreads deep within the artificial joint, surgical intervention is often necessary to clear the infection. Surgical intervention for infected joint replacements can be quite complex. In severe cases, the implants may need to be removed and replaced once the infection has cleared. Many patients are referred to Dr. Linschoten for his experience in treating infected hip and knee replacements.
Complex Hip and Knee Replacements
All hip and knee replacements are considered a major surgical procedure, but some hip and knee replacements require extra care and skill to produce satisfactory results.
Patients with conditions like hip dysplasia, knee misalignment, or fractures after an initial joint replacement often have difficulty finding an orthopaedic surgeon who will help them. These procedures are more complex and less straightforward than a typical hip or knee replacement, and it is not always possible for these patients to achieve the same result as a typical hip or knee replacement patient.
Dr. Linschoten specializes in complex hip and knee replacements. His goal is to improve hip or knee function for patients with complex cases. He and his team work with patients every step of the way to ensure the best possible results for patients with complex cases.