Today joint replacement is the most common and successful surgical procedures. It has been declared as the ‘Surgical Procedure of the Century’. More than a million joint replacement surgeries are being performed worldwide today. According to a recent report, with patients living longer and joint diseases becoming more common the number tends to increase five folds by 2030.
The right time to have surgery:
The right time for joint replacement surgery is a common concern. In general terms, a person needs joint replacement when the pain is severe enough to limit daily activities. The aim of hip and knee replacement is to get a Painless Mobile Joint. There are many factors that determine the right time to undergo joint replacement such as – general health, family commitments, time away from work, time to take full recovery, mental stability, etc.
Pain & Stiffness:
People with Hip and Knee Arthritis have disabilities suffer from – Pain and Stiffness around joints. These symptoms prevent them from performing routine activities. As hip and knee arthritis worsens the stiffness around joint worsens and the bone becomes weak. Joint replacement makes them free from these and provides you a painless mobile joint. Delaying the joint replacement surgery makes the impending operation complex, leading to a longer recovery time and more active physiotherapy. So by waiting too long you may not get the full benefit of a joint replacement surgery.
Myths associated with the longevity of the implant:
There is a common myth related with the longevity of the implant. Many feel that the same doesn’t last long. However with recent developments the longevity of the implant providing you a painless life has been resolved. They normally lasts for 30-35 years or even longer. So, age is not the criteria for joint replacement rather symptoms are. So if your joint pain is severe enough to restrict your daily activity and if they cannot be managed by conservative measures, you should undergo joint replacement surgery. You age is not the deciding factor, the intensity of pain and the effect it has on your every day activity is.
Joint discomfort could put a break over your daily activities like stair climbing, getting up from sitting posture, walking and even moving a few steps. If these symptoms could not be managed with conservative measures like pain killers and exercises along with life style modification you should undergo joint replacement to enjoy a painless mobile life.
Joint Replacement surgery offers pain relief, better mobility and improved quality of life for the right candidate.