Normally our bodies are supposed to provide us with smooth, pain-free movement. Joint problems such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and past injuries can cause the bone and cartilage in the joint to wear away causing joint pain.This pain is not only uncomfortable but also prevents us from doing the everyday activities we enjoy.
Fortunately, a diseased joint can now be replaced with an artificial joint which relieves stiffness and pain, as well as allows normal movement to once again become possible. Anyone who has ongoing (chronic) pain or loss of function in a joint may be a candidate for joint replacement surgery. However, joint pain doesn’t always require surgery.
Doctors will first try other treatments before turning to surgery, including:
Most of the more modern artificial joints last 15 years. Some even last longer than 20 years.
If non-surgical treatment options have failed, joint replacement surgery may be an option. Most patients who undergo joint replacement surgeries hips are over 55 years of age, but the operation is occasionally performed on younger persons for specific conditions. Circumstances vary, but generally patients are considered for total joint replacement if:
Types of joint replacement surgery
Just as no two patients are alike, no two joint replacements are exactly the same. That is why at Citi Neuro Centre, our team of expert orthopedic surgeons work closely with the patient from diagnosis through treatment and recovery in order to meet the unique medical and lifestyle needs of each patient.