Joint replacement is a significant procedure for the hip, knee, shoulder, which is often reserved as a last resort option. Joint replacement can be performed for several joints in your body, with the most common by far being the knee or the hip.
Total hip or shoulder replacement is a surgical procedure where the normal ball and socket joint in that area is replaced with a plastic cup and a metal ball, both of which are meant to simulate the natural joint in your body. These procedures are intended to restore natural function in that joint and provide you the opportunity to continue living independently.
Who qualifies for total joint replacement surgery?
Someone who is suffered from severe tendon damage, joint damage, or severe cartilage damage should exercise all nonsurgical treatments available. Once all nonsurgical treatment options have been tried and the results do not rectify the pain leaving you with severe pain and inability to move your joint properly, total joint replacement surgery might be the last option. This surgery should only be utilized if you have permanent damage to the joint which you cannot be fixed in any other fashion and nonoperative treatments have failed.
What happens after the replacement?
After the surgical replacement of your hip or knee joint you will be monitored overnight. Certain patients at OSPI are able to receive an outpatient hip or knee replacement. For those who don’t qualify, inpatient stay make take 2-3 days.
Given the severity of this surgery you might have to work with a professional and licensed physical therapist for the first few weeks after your surgery.You will also need somebody to be with you during the first few weeks of your recovery. After the first two weeks of your recovery you should be able to dress yourself and feed yourself but it is nonetheless recommended that somebody remain with you. Following the surgery and recovery you will be asked to return to either your Gilbert or Chandler orthopedic surgeon’s office or the hospital to have x-rays and a follow-up examination. Both of these are designed to see how well the surgical process took and how well your body is responding.
Are there complications?
This is a very technical procedure but like all surgeries it does come with potential complications including the risk for bleeding and infection. There is a potential for stiffness, blood clotting, and other issues.
What can be expected during recovery?
Following your surgery you will have to wait in a recovery room for at least two hours prior to being placed in your hospital room. You will be monitored during this time for your responsiveness and you will be administered pain medication if you need it. After the first few days he will need somebody to drive you home and stay with you overnight.
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