Total Joint Replacement

Having Total Joint Replacement

Total joint replacement is not a step that is ever taken lightly, but should you need this advanced surgical option, Missouri Orthopedics and Advanced Sports Medicine is committed to making this a winning experience from evaluation to recovery: Missouri Sports Medicine. Before deciding your joint’s condition warrants replacement, several less drastic forms of care may be tried. These can include physical therapy, injections, and arthroscopic surgery. If these ameliorative treatments don’t restore the joint’s normal function, an x-ray, and possibly an MRI, may be ordered to determine any joint and tissue damage.

The Decision for Surgery

Assuming that you are healthy enough for surgery, joint instability, pain that won’t allow you to sleep at night, the inability to perform the normal daily functions of life, and being prevented from doing the things you enjoy are all factors that may lead you to decide that total joint replacement is the best option. After you and your doctor decide that you will go ahead with the surgery, you will be thoroughly briefed on what to expect, and you will also be informed about the preparation that should take place in the home, so your recovery phase will run smoothly. In most cases you will be administered general anesthesia before the procedure begins. Using knee-joint replacement as an example, damaged parts of the joint will be removed in preparation for your new knee, and after the surfaces of the joint have been prepared, the new components of the knee will be anchored in place.

Post-Total Joint Surgery

After coming out of surgery, a great number of post-surgical tasks will be taking place. You will, of course, be having pain medication administered, but steps will also be undertaken to monitor the surgery site for infection. You may also receive blood thinners to prevent blood clots from forming, and as soon as possible, steps will be taken to maximize the joint’s flexibility. Your hospital stay may last from 3-5 days, and, in addition to post-operative care, light physical therapy will begin.

Recovery From Total Joint Surgery

By far, the greatest part of your recovery will take place during the 4 to 6 weeks following surgery. The physical therapy and follow-up doctor visits you keep will have you well on the way to a much-improved quality of life. If you need a consultation about possibly needing this procedure, please contact us.

Do you need Total Joint Replacement?

Joint injuries are common in the athletic field, regardless of the sport.

However, a joint injury doesn’t mean that you have to stop playing. It is possible to repair through total joint replacement surgery.

Total Joint Replacement, Missouri Orthopedics, Dr. Irvine, Elbow Joints

The most common joints replaced are the knee, hip, and elbow joints, though the shoulder, wrist, and ankle can handle the surgical procedure. It is one of the last resorts that many doctors will use, however if it is used, it is due to medical necessity.

Dr. Irvine will typically recommend total joint replacement in the event that other alternative treatments are not working to heal your injury. A medication is typically prescribed in hopes of easing the pain and symptoms, place you in physical therapy, and alter your daily activities to ease the pain. While these have worked in many instances, it is not always the best route to take.

According to research in 2010, not only is it possible to have total joint replacement surgery safely, but you can continue to play your sport freely. In fact, the researchers were shocked to announce that the participants that engaged in “non-recommended sports actually showed higher knee and function scores” than the ones who didn’t.

Should you get total joint replacement? There are a few signs that you should discuss this with a doctor.

  • recurring or persistent joint pain
  • immobility
  • stiff or swollen joints
  • grating joints
  • previous injury to the joint in question
  • difficulty climbing in/up and out/down

You can discuss this, and other alternatives, with MO Sports Med. Contact us today!