Joint Repair or Joint Replacement – What Surgery Should You Choose?

joint surgeryAs we age, our aching knees, sore hips and cracking joints require attention and sometimes intervention for treatment. When joints reach the point of no return, the common response is joint replacement surgery. However, there is another option available from Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine for aching joints that are not deteriorating. Joint repair surgery is a viable option of which many people may not be aware.

Joint repair surgery is less common than joint replacement. During joint repair surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon repairs damaged cartilage and removes any pieces of cartilage that have detached and are floating inside and around the joint. The goals of joint repair surgery are as follows:

  • Prevent Further Damage
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Preserve Cartilage

There are several things to consider before undergoing any type of joint surgery. Doctors consider certain physical characteristics such as age and weight to determine if joint repair will be successful. A younger patient has a higher chance of successful surgical repair than an older one.

Being overweight adds stress to the joints. Therefore, individuals that are not obese have higher rates of success as well. There is an essential recovery phase that follows the procedure. This includes physical therapy and some form of joint protection prescribed by the doctor.

On the other end of the spectrum, joint replacement surgeries are very common. A scientifically engineered joint is surgically implanted to replace a deteriorating joint. There is one important point to keep in mind when considering joint replacement. Once the surgeon cuts the bone, there is no going back. The procedure is permanent with permanent results. It is both safe and effective. After the initial recovery from the surgery and any physical therapy required, the joint is fully functional and essentially pain-free.

With any surgery, patient compliance with directions is most important. A surgeon wants his surgery to make his patient feel better, and having a patient who is willing to follow directions, attend physical therapy sessions and be honest about their desire to comply with follow-up care is a great indicator of success.

Both joint repair surgery and joint replacement surgery are effective treatment options for arthritis and other joint pains. Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is well versed in both joint replacement and joint repair surgeries. Our providers can help guide you to the right treatment plan for your lifestyle. Contact us at ( 757) 873-1554 for more information about surgical treatment options for joint pain.

2018-03-27T10:48:23+00:00May 15th, 2018|Blog|