Sleeping well to recover from joint replacement is a very common complaint given by patients who have had total hip or knee replacement is that they are not getting a good night’s sleep. Post-operative pain is the cause of these sleep disturbances.Read More >
Weighing the positives and negatives of hip or knee replacement surgery means finding out if you’re the “right patient.” Enjoying a more active lifestyle and dealing with less pain are the obvious benefits. But, the inherent risks of surgery–infections and complications–must always be considered.
Dr. Tariz Nayfeh, MD, PhD, and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore MD says that…
“Joint replacement surgery can be … life-changing … but it won’t help everyone with hip or knee pain.”
Nayfeh explains the cautions of this surgery for certain people. Joint replacement may not help you if you have these problems:
- recent infections (which could spread to the surgical site)
- history of heart attack, stroke or diabetes
- scans showing no damage in joint
- pain when resting
WebMD experts describe the basic criteria for the appropriate candidate for hip or knee replacement. You will likely benefit from the procedure if you’ve had:
- severe, chronic pain, lasting at least six months
- difficulty walking, getting up from a chair, climbing stairs or other normal activities
- pain that affects quality of daily life and mood
- joint and bone damage in x-rays and other imaging
- failure of non-surgical treatments such as walkers, injections and medications
- a knee that is swollen or deformed
Joint replacements are now considered common, and are successful in pain relief and increased mobility for about 90% of patients. However, the benefits must be considered along with the risks, when you’re deciding whether or not to have a surgical knee or hip replacement.
Original article: www.webmd.com/osteoarthritis/knee-hip-replacement-14/candidate-surgery
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According to an article by AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione, 2 in every 100 Americans have had a knee or hip replaced, and that number jumps to 5 in 100 over the age of 50 with a new knee.
There are roughly 1 million knee and total hip replacement surgeries performed every year, and a study released recently at an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference in New Orleans claims that there are 7 million Americans living with a replaced knee or hip; this is the first time there’s been an estimate released regarding the number of people living with replacement joints. The results of the study have raised questions regarding how long the joints will last and how to replace them as they wear out.
Arthritis is the main reason we choose to have joints replaced, although according to the article, the term “replacement” is “a little misleading.” What’s actually replaced is the surface of the joint after the cartilage has worn away and caused damage to the joint. The ends of the bone are either removed or resurfaced with plastic, metal, or ceramic materials.
Obesity is the second leading cause of joint damage, and baby-boomers are wearing out joints by playing sports and being involved with other types of exercises.
There are other options to joint replacement, and replacement won’t work in arthritic cases where the joints are not damaged. The other options are exercise, medicine and weight loss, and should be tried first.
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The wonders of joint replacement surgery allow people who have been bedridden to rediscover their mobility. Joint replacement surgery is a medical miracle that can help people return to a normal life of mobility, but it is not without its drawbacks. There can be significant pain that comes with joint replacement surgery. Follow these five tips to help manage any pain you experience after a joint replacement surgery.