Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery
Hip and knee replacement surgeries are remarkably successful at eliminating pain, correcting deformity, and improving mobility so that you can regain your quality of life and get back to the activities you enjoy. A proper diagnosis of the cause of hip or knee pain can uncover the underlying condition: fracture, acute injury, damaged joint, osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
Although hip and knee replacements are two of the most performed operations in orthopedic surgery, joint replacement should be the final step in treatment. Other treatments orthopedic surgeons may suggest before joint replacement include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Weight loss (if needed) to reduce stress on the joint
- Exercising to maintain flexible muscles and joints, promote fitness, and strengthen muscles that support damaged joints
- Injections, usually starting with corticosteroids and possibly hyaluronic acid
Do you need hip or knee replacement surgery?
When other treatment options no longer provide the relief needed to maintain your health and active lifestyle, it may be time to consider surgery. X-rays will show the degree of joint damage and/or arthritis, and your doctor will notify you if surgery can help restore function and reduce pain.
Joint replacement surgery is elective surgery meant to reduce pain and improve function and quality of life. You may want to consider joint replacement surgery if you have one or more of these symptoms:
- Severe pain during activity, such as walking
- Pain continues after taking medication or using supportive devices
- Pain when lying down that prevents you from sleeping
- Instability that places you at risk for falls
- Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery
Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery
Hip and knee replacement are two of the most performed operations in orthopedic surgery. Both procedures are remarkably successful at eliminating pain, correcting deformity, and improving patient mobility so patients can regain quality of life and get back to the activities they enjoy.
Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases are characterized by pain, swelling, and limited movement in joints and connective tissues in the body.
A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone, caused by falls, injury, or as a result of a direct hit or kick to the body. Fractures most often happen when more force is applied to the bone than the bone can take.
- Joint Pain
Many hip and knee problems are a result of the aging process and continual wear and stress on the knee or hip joint (such as arthritis). Osteoarthritis the most common type of arthritis, and is a degenerative process where the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. It's a long-term (chronic) degenerative joint disease.