If severe pain or joint damage limits your daily activities, a joint replacement may be an option for you. Here’s what you can expect from joint replacement surgery. During a hip or knee replacement, the painful, damaged surfaces of the joint are removed and replaced with plastic or metal implants. This eliminates pain, because the diseased cartilage and bone are no longer there.
1. Many people would do it again
Patient satisfaction is very high among joint replacement patients. Joint replacement surgery allows patients to return to activities they lost due to arthritis or injury. After recovery patients can once again enjoy hobbies and live pain free.
2. Physical therapy is important
Your chances of a successful surgery are much better if you follow the rehab protocols prescribed by your doctor! Moving around is critical not just in the days after surgery, but in the weeks and months after, as well. The more you make an effort to be active, the better your long-term outcome.
3. Losing weight may help
Overweight and obese people are 33 times more likely to need a joint replacement and more likely to experience complications after the procedure. Patients may even find that losing weight may even help prevent or delay the need for an operation as excess weight places extra pressure on the joints.
4. Full recovery can take a year
Patients are typically released from the hospital three days after the operation, but full recovery can take up to a year. Outpatient therapy may last from one to two months, depending on your progress. Every person is different and the course of rehabilitation will be determined on an individual basis with the assistance of your doctor and physical therapist.
The prospect of surgery is not pleasant for anyone, but for some people with arthritis or injuries, it could mean the difference between leading a normal life or putting up with debilitating pain. Surgery can be regarded as part of your treatment plan—it may help to restore function to your damaged joints as well as relieve pain.