Misconceptions about Joint Replacement Surgery
Many people believe
joint replacement surgery is only necessary when you can no longer perform everyday
tasks—but that isn't always the case. We're here to set
the facts straight about this and other common myths about joint replacement.
Myth: Joint replacement surgery is only an option later in life.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no specific age restriction or requirement
when it comes to joint replacement. If you are experiencing complications
with joint function, getting a replacement is a viable solution regardless
of how old or young you are.
Myth: Joint replacement is only necessary after an injury.
While trauma to an injury is also a cause for getting a joint replaced,
it is not the only reason. Many people decide to have a joint replacement
as a result of arthritis that has caused increased pain over time, eventually
impacting their ability to perform day-to-day tasks, such as:
- Difficulty or inability to bend over or walk
- Pain that keeps you awake at night
- Non-surgical treatment isn’t helping
Myth: After a hip/knee replacement, I’ll be bed-ridden.
Quite the opposite is true. Often patients are discharged from the hospital
one or two days after their hip/knee replacement, and are able to resume
normal daily activities about six weeks after surgery. You should always
speak with your doctor to ensure you’re cleared for work and physical
activity following your surgery.
Myth: I’ll need another replacement in a few years.
Although there is no guarantee when it comes to how long your replaced
joint will last, the average quote is
between 10 and 15 years. It is also important to note that with advancements in materials, techniques,
and rehabilitation techniques, replacements are more likely to be successful
and last for much longer.
Myth: Surgery is only necessary when you can no longer use or move the joint.
If you are experiencing pain or lack of mobility in your joint to the point
where it impacts your ability to perform day-to-day tasks, you should
speak with an orthopedic specialist about treatment options. Waiting until
the point of immobility can cause additional damage to the joint.
Orthopedic Care in Gillette, Wyoming
If you have concerns when it comes to your orthopedic health,
Powder River Orthopedics & Spine (PROS) is here to help in Gillette, Wyoming. We can evaluate your options
so you can rest assured that you get the best possible outcome and are
back to a happy and active life in no time.
Call the PROS at 307.686.1413 or visit
www.cchwyo.org/PROS to learn more.