What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?
Joint replacement surgery is removing a damaged joint (where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip and shoulder) and putting in a new one, which can be made of plastic, metal or both. It may be cemented into place or not cemented, so that your bone will grow into it. The surgery is usually done by an orthopedic surgeon.
Do I Need To Have My Joint Replaced?
Joints can be damaged by arthritis and other diseases, injuries or other causes or simply wear away. This can cause pain, stiffness and swelling. Joint replacement is often the answer if you have constant pain and can’t move the joint well. Replacing a joint can relieve pain and help you move and feel better.
What Happens After Surgery?
Joint replacement surgery is usually successful for 90 percent of patients who have it. With knee or hip surgery, you may be able to go home in three to five days. But for the elderly or those with additional disabilities, you may need to spend several weeks in an intermediate care facility before going home. Physical therapy can begin the day after surgery to help strengthen the muscles around the new joint and help you regain motion in the joint.