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What is Joint Replacement Surgery?

A joint is an articulation (junction) between 2 or more bones in the body. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and other soft tissue structures hold the joint in position.

Joint replacement surgery is a procedure in which the damaged or worn out articulating parts of the joint are removed and replaced with artificial prostheses. The goal of the surgery is to relieve pain and restore the normal functioning of the joint and help you resume normal activities.

Joint replacement surgery is mostly employed to treat symptoms of arthritis, a condition in which the articular cartilage that covers the joint surface is damaged or worn out causing significant pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joint.

Indications for Joint Replacement Surgery

Some of the common indications of joint replacement surgery include the following:

  • Treatment of arthritic conditions, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the joints
  • Severe joint pain that limits your daily activities (such as walking, getting up from a chair, or climbing stairs)
  • Moderate-to-severe pain that occurs during rest or awakens you at night
  • Chronic joint inflammation and swelling that is not relieved with rest or medications
  • Weakness and/or loss of joint motion
  • Severe joint fracture or trauma
  • Failure to obtain pain relief from medications, injections, physical therapy or other conservative treatments

Am I a Candidate for Joint Replacement Surgery?

To help your doctor decide if joint replacement surgery is ideal for you, please answer the questions below.

  • In general, your joint pain can be described as:

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  • Are you able to perform your basic household functions?

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  • Does your joint pain affect your sleep?

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  • Since how long have you been having joint pain?

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  • If the joint pain is in your knee or hip, do you have pain while standing, walking or sitting?

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  • Are you able to walk down a flight of stairs?

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  • While walking, how long does it take before you experience joint pain?

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  • While driving, entering and exiting a car or using other forms of transport, your joint pain is described as:

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  • After sitting for a long time, describe the pain you experience on standing?

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  • How much has joint pain interfered with your work, hobbies, or recreational activities?

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  • Have you had relief from other forms of therapy or with the use of assistive devices?

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  • What Kinds of Treatments Have You Utilized To Mitigate Joint Pain?

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  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - AAOS
  • Rothman Orthopaedic Institute
  • OrthoCollier
  • NASA Neuroscience & Spine Associates
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Collier County Medical Society
  • Oregon Health & Science University