Joint replacement surgery is a highly effective solution to joint-related injuries and conditions. If your condition hasn’t improved with nonsurgical treatment, joint replacement surgery can help relieve your pain and improve your mobility. At Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida, P.A in Fort Myers, Florida, Edward R. Dupay, Jr., DO, and his team provide patient-centered, comprehensive orthopedic care. To speak with Dr. Dupay about your joint condition, book an appointment by phone or online today.
Joint replacement or arthroplasty, is a method of treating diseased and damaged joints and replacing them with artificial ones. Joints are the point between two bones. Joints connect bones all over the body and help keep your body flexible. When a joint becomes diseased or damaged, it results in pain and limited mobility.
Replacing the joints improves movement and relieves pain. Hip and knee replacements are the most common. Joints can also be replaced in the shoulders, fingers, elbows, and ankles.
There are a number of reasons your joints might need replacing. Common reasons for joint replacement include:
Obesity can also contribute to wear and tear on the joints, making it more likely that you’ll need replacement. Joint replacement is reserved as the final option when other treatment methods like physical therapy, exercise, and medications have been unsuccessful.
To determine your need for replacement, your doctor performs X-rays to assess the extent of your joint damage. Joint replacement surgery is performed under anesthesia, so there is no pain during the procedure.
Your doctor will either administer general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep, or spinal anesthesia, which leaves you conscious, but numb from the waist down.
Your doctor begins the procedure by making an incision to access the affected joint. Your doctor then removes the joint and prepares the area for the prosthetic. After the replacement joint is attached, your doctor tests your movement and closes the incision.
Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Florida also provides revision surgery for prosthetic joints that need to be replaced.
Joint replacement surgery requires hospitalization. After your procedure, you’ll be taken to recovery and looked after for the next few days. You may need to use a walker or crutches as you regain strength after a knee or hip replacement. Physical therapy is also used to improve recovery and ensure you regain maximum mobility.
To speak with a specialist about your joint-related condition, book an appointment by phone or online today.