If you’re a candidate for hip or knee replacement surgery, be prepared for a life-altering event. Not many people expect this to happen and are pleasantly surprised. Like any major surgery, hip and knee replacements require significant recovery and rehabilitation, but the life-altering impact comes after you’ve healed.
Why People Get Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
Arthroplasty is the medical term for total joint replacement surgery. Performed by your orthopedic specialist at Personalized Orthopedics of the Palm Beaches in Boynton Beach, FL, this state-of-the-art procedure helps more than half a million people in the U.S. annually.
Usually, people decide on hip or knee replacement surgery when the pain, immobility, and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis are so impactful, they cannot walk, play sports, climb stairs, or work with efficiency and comfort. All too often, less invasive treatments don’t relieve the deformity, poor weight-bearing, and bone-on-bone friction common with this degenerative condition. Other individuals may suffer a traumatic injury or have a congenital issue that can only be treated with joint replacement.
People Say Hip and Knee Surgery is Life-Altering
Frankly, any major surgery is life-altering. How will your life change with hip or knee replacement surgery? Let’s look at what you can expect.
Most people experience significant relief from pain and other symptoms after a hip or knee replacement. A damaged hip or knee can limit your mobility, function, and flexibility tremendously. You may not be able to participate in the activities you enjoy, do chores around the house, take care of yourself and others, or fulfill work responsibilities without pain.
Arthroplasty can change all of this. After surgery and recovery, you will likely be able to do all of these activities with much greater ease than before. You’ll enjoy greater freedom, mobility, and comfort than you have in a long time. It can restore your active lifestyle and help you live a full, high-quality life. Many people feel like their old selves again, because they are able to live life on their terms by doing what they love, not what their body limits them to do.
In order to enhance the effectiveness of your arthroplasty, it is important to:
· Follow the post-operative instructions from your orthopedic specialist
· Prepare your loved ones and your home for your recovery
· Get your provider’s advice on when to return to work, driving, and other activities
· Adopt as healthy a lifestyle as possible
· Report any pain, swelling, extreme stiffness, fever, or any concern you may have about your new joint
Change Your Life For the Better
At Personalized Orthopedics of the Palm Beaches, our knee and hip replacement surgeries, along with our other state-of-the-art services, give people the function, mobility, and sense of well-being they deserve. To begin your journey to greater musculoskeletal health, call us for a consultation. One of our orthopedic surgeons will be happy to discuss your concerns in-depth.