Has your physician recommended a total joint replacement or replacement arthroplasty? Simply put, a total joint replacement is a surgical procedure that removes a joint and replaces it with an artificial joint. The aim of the procedure is to eliminate or relieve pain, but the procedure is usually at the tail end of your pain management treatment plan, as surgery is typically a last resort. However, if your pain has progressed to a point where your physician feels that it’s necessary, you may benefit immensely from the surgery. Here are the top 3 benefits of having a total joint replacement surgery.
Pain Free Living
Our bodies are designed for movement and a restriction or limitation in movement goes against our nature. The restriction of mobility also has a negative effect on our muscles, often weakening them and further decreasing our flexibility and movement. Of course, if you are not in severe pain every time you move, you will move more, and the prosthesis will help you move without severe pain or in many cases without pain at all.
Return to Day-to-Day Activities
The ultimate goal of your total joint replacement surgery is to get you back to your normal day-to-day activities, and after the surgery recovery period most patients are able to return to doing daily chores, working, and exercising. A successful surgery will help increase your quality of life by reducing pain and allowing you to get back to doing some of the physical activities you enjoy.
Over 7,000 Joint Replacement Surgeries Each Year
Total joint replacement surgery is a surgical procedure that is usually used as a last resort for patients that have severe pain in an affected area, but has great benefits for those who follow through with the procedure including pain free living, increased mobility and a return to normal daily activities. Overall a successful procedure will increase the quality of your life, and help you get back to a point where you enjoy being physically active.
If you have any question about a total joint replacement surgery, make an appointment to see one of our expert orthopedic physicians at IBJI.
This information is not intended to provide advise or treatment for a specific situation. Consult your physician and medical team for information and treatment plans on your specific condition(s).