Faqs About Joint Replacement: Are You A Candidate?

Stiff, painful, creaky joints are common as we age. The wear and tear our joints endure during a lifetime is tremendous, so it's no wonder some joints just out and require replacements.

If you suffer from painful joints that limit your mobility, you may wonder if you're a candidate for joint replacement services. What joints can be replaced? And how long to these replacements last?

Here are some answers to some common questions you and others may have about joint replacement.

Which Joints Can Be Replaced?

The knee and hip joints are the most commonly replaced joints; however, other joints are also replaced if necessary.

  • Shoulders
  • Ankles
  • Elbows
  • Fingers

Joint replacement surgery performed on any of these areas helps improve movement and relieve pain.

How Long Do Replacements Last?

The longevity of joint replacement depends on the joint replaced and the person's activity level. The majority of knee replacements can last up to two decades.

Depending on the person and the type of replacement, it is possible to require surgery again after ten years. On average replacements last 10 to 15 years.

Who Needs Joint Replacement?

Joint replacement surgery is an option for people who have tried all other treatments and are not finding relief. This includes medications and physical therapy.

For those living with deformity, pain, stiffness, mobility issues and a limited range of motion joint replacement is an effective option to correct these issues and provide relief.

People with advanced cases of rheumatoid or osteoarthritis are often candidates for joint replacement surgery. Osteoporosis is also a disease that affects the bones and makes them brittle are also candidates for this type of surgery.

What Are The Risks?

All types of surgery come with risks, and joint replacement surgery is no different. However, the outcome far outweighs the risks.

Some common risks associated with joint replacement include:

  • Nerve injury
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Malfunction of the replacement after surgery

You and your doctor can discuss the risks and benefits based on your personal health and needs. He or she can help ease concerns and help you decide if a joint replacement is an option for you.

If you are living in pain and finding it difficult to perform daily tasks, you should contact joint replacement services and discuss your options.

You don't have to live in pain and give up activities you enjoy when there are medications therapies and surgical options to help relieve your pain and discomfort.