Encouraging Facts About Joint Replacement Surgery

Encouraging Facts About Joint Replacement Surgery

It’s completely natural to have some apprehension when considering joint replacement surgery. However, whether you need a new hip, knee, or shoulder, there are a lot of encouraging facts to keep in mind when facing your procedure.

Dr. Edward R. Dupay, Jr., brings more than 30 years of experience to Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, P.A. in Fort Myers, Florida. In addition to his residency training, he also has subspecialty training in total joint replacement surgery and revision, arthroscopic surgery, hand and foot surgery, sports medicine, and fracture care.

If you need joint replacement surgery, here are a few encouraging facts you need to know.

1. Joint replacements are common

Of course everyone wants to avoid surgery for as long as possible. However, nothing gives you a new lease on life like joint replacement surgery, especially when conservative treatments no longer offer relief.

The good news is that joint replacement procedures are incredibly common. In fact, surgeons replace approximately 500,000 hips and more than 850,000 knees each year! The frequency of these procedures has worked to advance surgical techniques and joint prosthetics, making them easier and more successful than ever.

2. Many procedures are minimally invasive

In the past, joint replacement surgeries required large incisions and lengthy recovery times. However, medical advancements have made it possible to replace more joints than ever less invasively.

Now, many joint replacements use smaller incisions and specialized tools, allowing your surgeon to replace the damaged joint by causing as little trauma to the areas possible. That means you can look forward to less pain, fewer complications, and faster recovery times.

3. Joint replacements don’t have age restrictions

Have you ever thought joint replacements were just for people of a certain age? Think again! There was a period in time where people were encouraged to wait as long as possible to replace a damaged joint. However, now there is little reason for people to wait if this treatment offers the best solution for your symptoms.

People who are younger than ever are now changing their lives with joint replacement surgery, even those 45 and under. Just keep in mind that younger patients often put more demand on their new joints, which can sometimes mean the need for another replacement in the future.

4. Joint replacement is easier when you prepare in advance

The good news about joint replacement is that it’s usually something you can plan for as opposed to an emergency requiring immediate attention. And, if you have time to plan, you can set yourself up for success.

Setting time aside before your surgery to get your body in shape can make a major difference in your recovery process. This might include losing extra pounds to reduce added stress on your joints, improving your flexibility, or strengthening muscles that support the joint getting replaced. 

You can also take steps to make your home more safe and comfortable for when you come home from surgery.

5. Joint replacement gets you more active

It’s easy to assume that joint replacement surgery will leave you in bed or trapped on the couch, especially if it involves a weight-bearing joint like your knee or hip. But nothing could be further than the truth.

Instead, it’s more important than ever to move your body after going through surgery. In many cases, this can involve getting on your feet shortly after your surgery. During your entire recovery, it’s essential to move regularly and do any prescribed exercises as directed, and experts often encourage lots of walking.

In the beginning, physical activity will definitely be a challenge. However, as you continue doing your exercises and gaining strength, it gets easier. And, once you heal, your new joint will leave you moving pain-free so you can remain active indefinitely.

Do you need a joint replacement? Learn more encouraging facts about why surgery could be right for you. Contact Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, P.A. to schedule a consultation

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