Your body didn't
come with spare parts, but that doesn't mean damaged, worn-out
joints can't be replaced. Joint replacement surgery can
relieve pain and restore movement to areas that have become sore
and stiff because of injuries or conditions such as osteoarthritis
or rheumatoid arthritis.
the damaged joint with a new high-tech version that's made of
plastic and metal components.
The two most
common joint replacement procedures are for teh knees and hips. But
replacements can be done for other joints as well, including
shoulders, ankles, wrists, even fingers, says Abbot Kagan, M.D., of
the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
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REPLACEMENT FOR YOU?
probably the best judge of how joint pain is affecting your life
you'd benefit from replacement surgery.
consider the benefit of surgery if pain is keeping them from
the things they enjoy, such as walking or playing golf, Dr. Kagan
says. You also might consider it if joint pain interferes
with sleeping or doing daily tasks such as bathing, dressing
and fixing meals.
there are risks in any surgery, joint replacements are successful
more than nine out of 10 people, the AAOS reports. And
improvements in both surgical techniques and the materials used
for artificial joints reduce the risk of problems.
Generally, a doctor will want you to use your new joint soon
after surgery. Once surrounding tissue and muscle recovers,
you'll be able to use the joint for normal activities.
new knees or hips, most people return to walking or playing golf
without any problems. More strenuous activities such as
tennis or running may be discouraged since they can be hard on
artiificial joints. But you don't necessarily have to rule
out your favorite activity and should discuss the possibilities
with your doctor. "We're still getting information about
how well newer joints stand up to different activities," Dr.
If you think you might benefit from joint replacement or if
you have questions about it, talk to your doctor.