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Questions About Joint Replacement

Joint ReplcementAre you interested in joint replacement and what it could do for your quality of life? If you have a joint that is swollen and stiff,  it can affect many different aspects of your day. You may find yourself scouring the internet for reputable physicians and researching the procedures you know could be good options. If walking, climbing stairs, getting in and out of chairs, or even taking a bath is getting harder to do, we can help you learn what joint replacement can do for you.

Before you rush into surgery, there are some things that you should attempt before you seriously start looking into joint replacement surgery. Replacement joints don’t last forever, after all, and surgery poses inherent risks. Try changing your diet, your exercise routine, using walking aids like a cane, and utilizing physical therapy before you head down the path of joint replacement. If you have tried all of the above and you’re not getting the results you want, it’s time to call us.

Benefits of Having Joint Replacement Surgery:

-Most joint replacement surgeries dramatically improve patients’ lives. New joints can offer arthritis pain relief, restored range of motion, and allow patients to go back to their normal activities.

-Better technology. In recent years, artificial joints, have evolved to the point that they can withstand more stress and wear-and-tear, and many can last between 10 to 15 years.

What risks are included with joint replacement?

Infection

Infection is always a risk with surgery. You could develop an infection anytime from immediately after surgery up until years afterward.

Loosening of the new joint

This can cause excess pain that may require additional surgery to fix.

Nerve and blood vessel injury

Nerves or blood vessels around the replaced joint can be damaged during the surgical procedure. Though this is rare and often improves on its own over time, it is still something to consider before you elect for surgery.

Joint replacement surgery can change your life and help you do the things you love to do. If you have more questions, please get in touch with us today by calling (928) 537-6381

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