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Joint replacement is an operation during which parts of a damaged or arthritic joint are removed and replaced with a plastic, ceramic or metal device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to give you the same range of motion as a healthy, normal joint.
Southern Joint Replacement Institute staff proudly dedicates themselves to the treatment of patients needing primary and revision total joint replacement of the hip, knee and shoulder. Our team of nationally recognized joint replacement surgeons offer non-surgical and surgical interventions for joint pain or mobility issues including total joint replacement surgery and arthroplasty.
Whether you are recovering from total shoulder replacement surgery or experiencing joint aches, we are committed to relieving your joint pain with the most technologically advanced joint care in a compassionate, patient-centered environment.
When Is Joint Replacement Recommended?
There are many joint conditions that can cause pain and disability. Often, joint pain is caused by damage to the articular cartilage that lines the ends of the bones. The damage can result from a fracture, arthritis, or another condition.
When symptoms don't respond to non-surgical treatment and the discomfort decreases the quality of life, doctors recommend joint replacement surgery.
Preparing for Joint Replacement Surgery
A couple of weeks before surgery, your joint replacement specialist and primary care doctor will prepare you for the upcoming procedure by checking your general health, which may require several tests, such as blood tests and a cardiogram. Test findings help the team plan a successful operation.
You can help in the preparation process by talking to your doctor and surgeon and asking questions. Eat nutritious meals and regularly exercise if you are able. Establishing a healthy lifestyle prior to surgery will help decrease your recovery time. Following a total joint replacement surgery, you will need assistance during your first week at home. Buy assistive items, such as handrails, a long-handled reacher or shower bench. Arrange for a caregiver or family member to help you with daily activities as you recover.
Planning ahead will ensure you have a successful surgery and quick recovery.
Joint Replacement Recovery
Each patient experiences joint replacement recovery and rehabilitation differently. Typically, your doctor will encourage you to use the "new" joint after your surgery. Patients will often experience temporary pain in the replaced joint, though this is not a reason for concern. The surrounding muscle tissues are healing, and the body is adjusting to the artificial joint. This new joint pain usually goes away in a few months.
It can be challenging to use the artificial joint during recovery, but exercise is vital to the recovery process after joint replacement surgery. Your SJRI doctor or physical therapist will give you exercises to help strengthen the joint and surrounding muscles to restore movement.
If you have questions about activity limitations after total joint replacement, please call us at (877) 442-SJRI (7574) to speak with a joint replacement specialist.
Joint Replacement Outcomes
Joint replacement surgery restores the quality of life in the majority of patients. In most cases, a joint replacement will last for many years, providing patients with pain-free and improved motion that would otherwise not have been possible.