If you’re suffering from chronic joint pain, joint replacement surgery could be the solution you’re looking for. A joint replacement can alleviate your pain for good and restore your mobility so you can get back to enjoying your usual activities. Are you a good candidate for joint replacement surgery? Your orthopedic doctor will help you weigh your treatment options, and the following information can also help you make a decision.
Why Is Joint Replacement Surgery Performed?
Joint surgery is performed when an orthopedic problem, like arthritis or a joint injury, cannot be corrected or controlled with less invasive methods. During surgery, the damaged joint can be removed and replaced with an artificial joint that mimics a healthy one. The joints that are replaced most often are the hips and knees, but shoulders, elbows, ankles, and even finger joints can also be replaced.
What Happens During Joint Replacement Surgery?
The exact method an orthopedic surgeon uses for joint replacement surgery depends on which joint is being replaced. Generally, joint replacement surgery is performed under general anesthesia. However, a regional anesthesia that blocks pain in the location of the surgery may sometimes be preferred. Most surgeries take a couple of hours, and patients stay in the hospital for a few days while post-surgical pain is managed. The length of recovery depends on whether the patient had an open surgery or a minimally invasive procedure.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Before recommending joint replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will usually try other methods to control your pain, such as pain medications and physical therapy. When these methods don’t work, or if they eventually become less effective, surgery is usually the best option. Your orthopedic surgeon will consider your general health and whether you have any conditions that could interfere with healing before recommending this surgery.
If you’re interested in orthopedic surgery, make an appointment with the Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota for a consultation. From our preoperative education classes to our hotel-like private rooms, everything in our orthopedic department is designed with our patients in mind. To learn more about our services, call our Venice hospital at (888) 685-1596.