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18th January, 2023

Joint replacement surgery

Joint replacement surgery
Article by : Admin

Joint replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which a damaged joint is replaced with an artificial joint (prosthesis). The most common joints that are replaced include the hip, knee, and shoulder, but other joints such as the ankle, elbow, and wrist can also be replaced. Joint replacement surgery is typically recommended for individuals who have severe joint pain and limited mobility due to arthritis, injury, or other degenerative conditions.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and typically takes several hours to complete. During the surgery, the damaged joint is removed, and the surfaces of the bones are shaped to fit the artificial joint. The artificial joint is then attached to the bones using a combination of cement and special screws or press-fit methods.

Recovery time after joint replacement surgery varies depending on the joint that was replaced and the individual's overall health. Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process to help regain strength and range of motion. It may take several weeks to several months for the patient to fully recover and be able to return to normal activities.

Joint replacement surgery can be a highly effective treatment option for individuals with severe joint pain and limited mobility due to arthritis, injury, or other degenerative conditions. However, it's important to note that not all patients are candidates for surgery and that a thorough evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon is necessary to determine if it is the best option for an individual patient.

It's also important to note that joint replacement surgery is considered a major surgery and there are risks associated with it, such as blood clots, infection, and nerve damage. Patients should discuss the risks and benefits of the surgery with their doctor before making a decision.