Joint Replacement Surgery – An Overview
A bone joint is a point of connection between two bones, thus helping in smooth and swift movement of different body parts. When sever joint pain or muscle pain, stiffness or inflexibility in the joints, swelling or restricted movement of any joint hinders and slow down your daily activities, a joint replacement surgery is usually suggested by a joint replacement surgeon.
What is joint replacement?
Joint replacement is a surgical treatment in which a damaged or a dysfunctional joint is replaced with man-made orthopedic implant. Replacing a dysfunctional joint helps in reducing pain and also enables free movement of the limb. Knee and hip joints are replaced most commonly, while other joints like shoulder, elbow, wrist and ankle can also be replaced by surgical procedure.
When is joint replacement surgery recommended?
When all other nonsurgical treatments like medication or physical therapy do not help in easing the pain and anxiety of a patient, the surgeon recommend joint replacement. A joint replacement surgery requires cautious planning as it gives you back your freedom of movement and an active lifestyle.
Preparing for the surgery
Once you have decided to undergo a joint replacement surgery, the next step is to choose the best joint replacement surgeon. Joint replacement surgeon generally explains and mentally prepares the patient for the forthcoming treatment procedure; possible risks and problems and precautions; so as to make him feel comfortable and relaxed.
Surgical Procedure and Recovery
While performing the surgery the surgeon will replace the damaged joint with a new artificial orthopedic implant. Initially the patients will experience some pain and discomfort, but it is normal as the body is adapting to the new joint and muscles and tissues are healing. Post the surgery physical therapy is very important. Your doctor will advise you exercises to help improve the joint movement and strengthening the muscles and tissues.
If you are experiencing some discomfort or pain in the joints consult a specialist immediately. Dr. G. Bedi is a renowned and perhaps the best joint replacement surgeon in India who can guide you with the suitable course of treatment.