The word “surgery” instills an indescribable amount of fear in most of us. If you team it “joint” and “replacement,” it is an invitation for sleepless nights and endless worry. This is why most of us shy away from the procedure even though it is recommended and may be the only option.
In this article, we are attempting to break the stigma and help you understand the perks of hip and knee replacement surgeries.
A brief about joint replacement surgery
As we all know, bones meet each other and stay connected with the help of a joint. There are multiple types of joints in our body and each enables a specific type of movement. Joint replacement surgery is a procedure conducted to alleviate pain caused due to damaged joints. It also helps restore normal function by removing damaged tissues.
Most commonly, joint replacement surgeries are done on the hip and knees. Surgery may also be performed on shoulders, elbows, ankles, and fingers when needed.
Who needs joint replacement surgery?
Joint replacement surgery is often the last resort. Doctors prescribe medication and therapy first. Only when these non-surgical methods do not work or show results, do they recommend operation. Anyone with the following conditions/problems is likely to need surgery:
Causes of joint problems
Arthritis is the number one cause of joint problems. But, it isn’t the only one. Let’s take a look at a few others:
Perks of joint replacement surgeries
If a medical procedure can rid you of chronic pain and suffering, wouldn’t you go for it? Of course! Joint replacement surgery does just that. Here are some of the benefits that you will reap:
Recovery after the procedure
A common reason why people hesitate from going for surgeries is the recovery time. Back in the day, joint replacement surgeries took weeks but now, the recovery time is much shorter. In fact, partial joint replacements have quick recovery time. Total replacements may take a little longer but it is still faster than ever before, thanks to the latest advancements in the field of medicine.
Tips for better results
Once you opt for surgery, there are things you can do to make the procedure more effective. Let’s take a look at what they are:
Total and partial joint replacement surgeries are safer and minimally invasive today. If your doctor suggests surgery, we encourage you to go for it without hesitation. Life after the surgery will be brighter, healthier, and happier.