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What is Joint Replacement?
Modern joint replacement surgery involves the removal of the worn cartilage from both sides of the joint, followed by resurfacing the areas with metal and plastic replacement parts. These items look and function much like the original joint. Over the last 30 years, improved surgical techniques and new implant materials have been developed. Parker Adventist Hospital uses computerized technology for precision, surgical technique and the latest in research based procedures for the best outcomes and safety for our patients. Joint replacement is one of the most reliable and durable procedures in any area of medicine.


What Determines the Appropriateness of Joint Surgery?
Specific causes for pain must be considered first. Often, pain is referred to one area from another, such as knee pain triggered by arthritis in the back. Inflammation of the soft tissue structures around the joint can also cause pain due to tendonitis or bursitis. A careful examination by your doctor and routine X-rays can usually determine the source of pain. When conservative treatments become less effective, joint replacement surgery may be the best option. A consultation with an orthopedic surgeon is the best way to determine if joint replacement surgery is an appropriate option for you. The choice to have joint replacement surgery is always the patient's. Factors to consider include the current impact, expected progression and related issues of pain and poor motion on your lifestyle.


What Happens After the Surgery?
Following a relatively short period of recovery, patients undergoing joint replacement surgery typically return to a high level of activity. Speed of recovery depends on your level of activity before surgery, general health and overall physical fitness and the degree and duration of physical impairment before surgery. You must also consider the type of surgery, and your expectations and motivation. Physical therapy after joint replacement is essential for achieving a positive outcome.

Long-term physical limitations after surgery are nearly always due to other orthopedic or rheumatologic problems (significant arthritis in other joints, chronic lower back pain) or major health problems (heart, breathing, other chronic illnesses) rather than being due to limitations of the joint replacement surgery. In general, those undergoing hip, knee and shoulder replacements may return to unlimited low-impact activities such as swimming, water exercise, walking, biking, low-impact aerobics and golf.


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