Cary Orthopaedics offers total joint replacement surgery to replace painful hip, knee, or shoulder joints damaged by injury, deformity, or degenerative diseases such as arthritis, to restore mobility and quality of life with less pain and recovery time. With decades of experience, our physicians are experts in motion that perform hundreds of joint replacements each year.
Joint Replacement Surgery
Joint replacement surgery replaces the worn out arthritic joint surfaces with artificial joint surfaces that do not sense pressure or pain. Providing years of reliable results, joint replacement also offers additional benefits such as pain-free sleep and increased ability to perform activities of daily living and light exercises without pain.
Total Joint Replacement is an elective procedure and should only be performed when you are no longer prepared to deal with your pain and disability. If your physician has diagnosed you with advanced arthritic changes as demonstrated on X-Ray, combined with pain and stiffness in the joint, you may be a candidate.
You may be eligible for a total joint replacement, if your condition:
- Causes severe disability and immobility.
- Creates difficulty in job performance.
- Interferes with your leisure or sporting activities.
- Interferes with your walking or in home mobility.
- Wakes you at night despite non-surgical treatment such as pain or anti-inflammatory medication.
- Fails to be solved by conservative treatment such as analgesia, anti-inflammatories, weight loss, physical therapy and aids like crutches or a cane.
Your physician will help you understand the benefits versus the risks involved.
Joint Replacement Recovery
The normal course of healing, rehabilitation and recovery can take between 6-12 months, depending on multiple factors such as age, tissue health, scope of the procedure performed and generally how your body responds to the rehabilitation process.
In most cases, pain relief is excellent, and range of motion returns to functional levels. You should be able to return to light activities such as bowling and golf, even breaststroke swimming. Avoid overhead stroke with swimming, contact sports, repetitive overhead heavy lifting as these types of activity increase the likelihood of your prosthesis loosening.
Preparing for Joint Replacement
Prior to surgery, you will be requested to attend a pre-admission “Total Joint Class” at the main Cary Orthopaedics office. At this class, the following will be reviewed:
- Nature of your specific condition
- Nature of the surgical procedure
- Normal post-operative course
- Do’s and Don’ts before and after surgery
While attending the “Total Joint Class,” we encourage you to use this as an opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your surgery.
Shortly before surgery, you will be required to undergo special tests to insure that you are medically ready and able to undergo the procedure. These tests will be conducted at the hospital facility at which you will be undergoing surgery.
Risks and Complications
Since this procedure is considered major orthopaedic surgery and performed due to a seriously progressive arthritic and degenerative condition, your Cary Orthopaedic doctor will carefully explain the joint replacement procedure and help you understand the benefits versus the risks involved.
For more information on how the specialists at Cary Orthopaedics can help you with joint replacement, contact us today for an appointment!
Cary Orthopaedics serves patients from Raleigh, Garner, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Clayton, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro and surrounding areas.