The obvious benefit from joint replacement surgery is reduced pain. There are other long-term benefits that can influence your decision to have surgery as well.
The orthopedic team at Logansport Memorial Hospital would like to highlight some of these benefits and encourage you to attend our upcoming joint replacement seminar to learn more.
During a hip or knee replacement, a surgeon removes the painful, damaged surfaces of the joint and replaces them with plastic or metal implants. The diseased, damaged bone is what causes pain and once it is removed the patient experiences almost immediate relief. Often the joint function improves as well - though this takes more time and physical therapy.
"It's true that patients often experience an instant relief from joint pain after replacement surgery." notes Dr. Christopher Hogg, Logansport Memorial Hospital Orthopedic Surgeon. "However, its just as true that the recovery from joint replacement surgery can be difficult and tedious."
"It's worth remembering that a new hip or knee are likely to last 10-15 years," adds Dr. James Davis. "That's a long time to benefit from a pain-free life. That's why most patients agree that the long-term benefits are well worth the recovery process."
Three long-term benefits of joint replacement surgeryEveryday life is easier. While the degree of improved movement varies from person to person, almost everyone who has a joint replaced experiences improved mobility. You won't be able to move that knee like a 20 year old but you will be able to walk easier and for longer distances. Grocery shopping, attending your grandchildren's sporting events, driving your car, and managing common household chores are often much easier after joint replacement surgery.
You can be active again. Reasonable recreational activities such as walking, swimming, golf, light hiking, biking, ballroom dancing, and other low-impact sports become achievable and enjoyable again.
You'll improve your overall health. Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for joint replacement. Over time, osteoarthritis drastically limits a person's activity level. For these people, the impact in joint replacement surgery is very positive. In fact, a 2013 study from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that people suffering from osteoarthritis who had a hip or knee replaced were 40 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke than those who didn't have surgery. You've always heard that the more you move, the better your cardiovascular health. It just makes sense that if you can move more freely and more often, you'll reduce your risk for many cardio vascular diseases.
You might also be interested in these articles:
- Hip Replacement Surgery
- Shoulder Replacement Surgery
- Knee Replacement Surgery
- Ankle Replacement Surgery
If you're considering joint replacement surgery, consult with your doctor about the procedure, its risks, benefits and recovery process. In some cases your doctor can recommend lifestyle changes that improve your quality of life. However, when those measures stop working it may be time to join the thousands of people each year who replace their hip or knee and benefit for years to come.
Joint Pain SeminarJoin us for a free joint pain seminar, and talk with our team of orthopedic surgeons! Dr. Christopher Hogg and Dr. James Davis will give a presentation that helps you learn more about your local treatment options for joint pain.
- Thursday July 16, 5:30 p.m.