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Are You Considering Joint Replacement?
If you are like many others, the idea of joint replacement surgery can be frightening. There are seemingly infinite options for where and how to get your surgery done, and every place seems to make more and more empty promises. The professionals at Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic and Sports Medicine know that if you’re considering an overwhelming procedure like joint replacement, you need real facts and the comfort of knowing you are in good hands.
Joint surgery is recommended when the cartilage in a joint has worn down, and must be replaced. This is done surgically by removing the damaged area, and replacing it with a prosthetic joint. These prosthetic joints are made to mimic normal human joints using state-of-the-art materials. The procedure is a common one, needed by many people for many different reasons, such as osteoarthritis or wear from age. Heavy stress on the body from things like sports or hard manual labor can also cause enough damage to the joints that eventually joint replacement surgery may be required.
The procedure itself can be successfully performed on a variety of joints. Common locations for joint surgery are the shoulders, hip, and knee. These areas tend to wear out in everyday life no matter your profession or hobbies. Many people will find that even without a specific cause, enough damage occurs in your joints to make you a candidate for joint surgery.
For joint replacement surgery, one of the most important things you can do is to make sure that the doctor you choose to perform your surgery is knowledgeable and experienced. Having a team of highly trained professionals to help you through every step of your treatment can be extremely important for your operation and recovery. Also, preparation is key: make sure that you communicate with your doctor about how you can prepare for your surgery. After this surgery, there will be physical therapy and rehabilitation followed by periodic checkups. Having a doctor who knows your specific needs and helps you through this tough time is extremely important.
At Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, our skilled and compassionate physicians can help you through this process with as little stress as possible. If you have more questions, feel free to contact us online. Together, we can make your joint pain history and help you return to your everyday life.