What You Should Know
What You Should Know About Joint Replacement
Joint replacement (the term orthopaedic surgeons use) is usually reserved for patients who have severe arthritic conditions.
Circumstances vary, but generally patients are considered for total joint replacement if:
- Functional limitations restrict not only work and recreation, but also the ordinary activities of daily living.
- Pain is not relieved by more conservative methods of treatment – such as medications, physical therapy, arthroscopy (cleaning the joint), the use of a cane, and/or by restricting activities.
- Stiffness in the joint is significant.
- X-rays show advanced arthritis or other problems.
- General Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement
- The Orthopaedic Evaluation
- Treatment Options
- Joint Fluid Supplements
- Total Joint Replacement
- What You Should Know About Joint Replacement
- Recent Advances in Total Joint Replacement
- Questions You Should Consider Asking Your Orthopedic Specialist
- Types of Joint Pain
- How to Prepare for Joint Replacement Surgery
- What to Expect the Day of Surgery
- What to Expect after Surgery
- Risks or Potential Complications of Surgery
- Hip Problems
- Hip Replacement FAQ
- Ceramic-on-Ceramic Hip Replacement Systems
- How the Knee Works
- Knee Anatomy and Function
- Knee Joint Replacement
- Advantages of Knee Replacement
- Standard Treatment Options
- Sports Medicine