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Joint replacement: What you need to know

Last Modified: August 16, 2019

Family Medicine

If you’ve been putting off your hip or knee replacement, experiencing chronic pain or have stopped doing the activities that you love, it’s time to talk about the joint replacement options at Parkview Ortho Hospital. Thanks to our specialized care, personalized treatment model and experienced Ortho NorthEast (ONE) physicians, there’s no better partner for your joint replacement surgery.

Arthritis – the precursor to joint replacement surgery

While the joint replacement decision will ultimately be made by you and your physician after analyzing your specific joint condition, joint x-rays and available treatment options, there are several indicators that you may need to consider joint replacement surgery.

  • Your daily life is impacted. If you have joint pain that affects your ability to perform daily tasks – getting out of bed, getting into a car or stepping up into your truck or farm equipment, exercising at your local gym – it may be a sign that your joint is in need of repair.
  • You have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. This is typically the precursor to joint replacement surgery. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that causes the breakdown of cartilage (the tissue that cushions and lubricates the bones in the joint), ultimately resulting in painful bone-on-bone contact. Osteoarthritis also can cause the bones of the joint to lose calcium and become brittle.
  • You’ve reached your limit of pain tolerance and medications to help reduce pain. Many people can ignore or live with the pain of osteoarthritis or a damaged joint for some time. Once it becomes too painful to enjoy even the most basic activities of daily life, relief may come in the form of a joint replacement.
Customized implants – making joint replacement personal

One of the biggest breakthroughs in joint replacement surgery is the use of personalized, custom implants. Parkview Ortho Hospital offers a number of custom joint implants for different needs. The basic process starts with mapping an image of your joint. That image is used to create a custom implant – an exact fit for your joint structure – through 3D printing or other manufacturing processes. Since the new implant matches your anatomy, you can expect a more natural fit and better recovery. It’s one way that Parkview Ortho Hospital offers personalized care designed around you.

3 ways to get back to doing what you love

You play a major role in getting back to enjoying your favorite activities after joint replacement surgery. You’ll get the best care from specialized surgeons at Parkview Ortho Hospital, but there are several things you can do after your procedure to ensure a successful recovery:

  • Follow your doctor’s instructions. Your surgeon and care team are experts in joint replacement surgeries. Their only goal is to help you get back to doing what you love, so following their instructions post-surgery – including performing all your rehabilitation exercises – is essential to a successful recovery
  • Get moderate amounts of exercise. Once you’re cleared to return to activity, it’s important to stay active to maintain a healthy joint and strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the joint.

    Some recommended activities include biking, swimming, walking and weight training. All of these are low-impact activities that help strengthen the whole body.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle. Eating properly and staying active can lead to a healthier overall lifestyle, may lower your weight and BMI, and help lead to better outcomes after joint replacement surgery.

Parkview Ortho Hospital offers many different joint solutions – all personalized to you. Talk to your physician to learn more about your specific joint condition and possible treatment options.


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