Regain Mobility and Comfort with Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint pain Arthritis and tendon problems Chronic pain and joint instability can significantly impact your quality of life. Joint replacement surgery may be the solution when physical therapy and non-surgical treatment options fail to provide relief. Bone & Joint Specialists Orthopedic Center, with four convenient locations in Indiana, offers comprehensive joint replacement solutions to help you reclaim an active, pain-free lifestyle.

What is Joint Replacement Surgery?

Joint replacement surgery involves replacing damaged or arthritic joint parts with a biocompatible ceramic, plastic, or metal prosthesis. The prosthesis aims to replicate the natural motion and movement of the joint. Common joint replacements include knees and hips, but the surgery can also occur on the elbow, shoulder, wrist, and ankle.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Joint Replacement Surgery?

Joint replacement surgery often becomes necessary when non-surgical treatments, such as activity modifications, medication, and physical therapy, have failed to provide sufficient relief and mobility. Your orthopedic specialist will discuss your condition, medical history, and relevant health factors to determine if joint replacement surgery suits you.

Risks and Benefits of Joint Replacement Surgery

There are risks associated with joint replacement surgery, such as: 

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve injury
  • Blood clots 

Although there are risks, the benefits usually far outweigh these risks. Most patients experience significant improvements in comfort and mobility, with the new joint achieving nearly 100 percent of its range of motion.

The Joint Replacement Surgery Procedure Explained

Joint replacement surgeries usually take place as outpatient procedures under general anesthesia. The surgeon will replace the damaged bone and cartilage with the appropriate prosthesis. Before surgery, your doctor will provide details about the procedure, including incision locations and expected surgery duration.

Recovery and Aftercare for Joint Replacement Surgery

Recovery from joint replacement surgery typically takes four to six weeks. You will begin walking short distances soon after the surgery, initially with a walker or cane. You will eventually walk unassisted as you progress through your physical therapy program. Physical therapy will start as early as the day following surgery and should be continued between therapy sessions as your therapist recommends. A follow-up visit with your surgeon will occur six weeks after the procedure.

Schedule A Consultation

If you’re struggling with joint pain and conservative treatments aren’t providing relief, contact Bone & Joint Specialists Orthopedic Center at 219.795.3360. We proudly serve patients in Highland, Hobart, Merrillville, and Valparaiso, IN.

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