Total joint replacement is often the best solution when joints have severe damage or wear. Because it's major surgery, having an expert orthopaedic physician is crucial. Norris, Blessinger & Woebkenberg Orthopaedics & Spine in Jasper, Indiana, is the premier orthopaedic care provider in the entire area, and they're ready to help patients achieve better joint and spine health. Schedule an appointment online now or call the office to arrange a visit with one of the expert orthopaedic physicians very soon.
In a total joint replacement, your surgeon removes damaged joint material to replace it with plastic, ceramic, or stainless steel prosthesis. In this surgery, your surgeon smooths the bone socket and then attaches an artificial cap. Your surgeon also replaces damaged joint tissue with an artificial ball where it meets the new socket.
In some cases, there's damage in just one area. For example, if you have serious wear in just one isolated area on your knee, your surgeon might recommend a partial knee replacement instead of a total one.
If you're dealing with severe pain on a daily or near daily basis, a total joint replacement may be the best option for long-term relief. For many patients, particularly those who suffer from arthritis, a total joint replacement can help recapture a better quality of life.
The orthopaedic surgeons at Norris, Blessinger & Woebkenberg Orthopaedics & Spine can discuss your case in detail with you to help you decide whether a total joint replacement is the right choice.
Joint replacement recovery is unique to the patient. However, in the great majority of cases you're encouraged to get moving quickly after your joint replacement. Your physical therapy program through Health Pointe Rehabilitation & Sports can start as soon as the first day after surgery.
You'll have the best and fastest recovery if you closely follow all instructions from your surgeon and physical therapist. It's very important to stick with any prescribed exercise program that you're given, as exercise helps you increase mobility and strengthen your joint.
Your joint replacement can last for 15-20 years. If you're careful to avoid reinjury, you're unlikely to need another joint replacement for many years to come.
The length of your hospital stay depends on your specific case. Some total knee replacement patients have outpatient surgery at Saint Charles Surgical Pavilion. For most other total joint replacements, you'll stay in Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center for 1-2 nights.
If you have terrible joint pain in your hip, knee or shoulder and need relief now, schedule a consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon now via online booking or by phone.