Joint replacement surgery is considered the last line of treatment for patients with joint disease. This is usually recommended for those with the advanced end-stage joint disease who have tried non-surgical treatments, such as medications and physical therapy, but still, experience a decline in function and debilitating pain.
What happens during joint replacement surgery?
The most common joint replacement surgeries are hip, knee, and shoulder.
During a joint replacement surgery, the affected/damaged joint is replaced with an orthopaedic prosthesis.
The prosthesis can be made of cobalt chrome, titanium, stainless steel, ceramic material, and polyethylene. The joint replacement is attached to the bone using acrylic cement. It can also be press-fit, allowing the bone to grow into the implant.
After the procedure, you will be recommended for physical therapy to be able to move and use the joint.
What to expect after the surgery?
Most patients leave the hospital a day or two after the procedure. Older patients and those with major health issues are usually referred to a rehabilitation facility for a week or more for more therapy sessions.
For 4 weeks after surgery, you would have to use crutches or other assistive devices for moving around. When you are allowed to place your full weight on the affected side, you would transition to the use of a cane for balance.
About 6 to 12 weeks after surgery, you can stop using the cane or walker once the doctor and/or therapist agrees. Those with weaker muscles may have to use these assistive devices longer.
Once you have completed the recommended therapy sessions, you can take part in most activities.
Joint Care at Ozark Orthopaedics
Ozark Orthopaedics has a team of joint replacement experts who can provide relief from the pain with total joint replacement.
We have a team of physical therapists who will help you with your post-surgical rehabilitation.
If your pain and decline in function don’t improve with medications and physical therapy, then you may benefit from surgery. Schedule an appointment with us today.