Joint Replacement Questions
- Posted on: Mar 15 2019
Are you curious about joint replacement and what it could do for you? When you have a joint that is swollen and stiff and it can affect many different aspects of your daily life. You may find yourself searching the internet for doctors and researching the procedures you believe may benefit you. If walking, climbing stairs, taking a bath, getting in and out of chairs, or even sleeping is increasingly difficult, we can help you learn more about what joint replacement can do for you.
Granted, there are some things that you can and should try before you seriously start considering joint replacement surgery. Replacement joints don’t last forever, after all. Changing your diet, your exercise, trying to use walking aids like a cane, and utilizing physical therapy can all help a portion of people. But, if you’ve tried the above and you’re not getting the results you want, it may be time to give us a call.
If you are considering having a joint replacement, you should weigh the pros and cons. While complications occur fewer than 2 percent of the time, there are still risks with joint replacement surgery.
What risks are involved with joint replacement?
- Nerve and blood vessel injury. Nerves and blood vessels around the replaced joint may be damaged during surgery. This type of damage is not common and it often improves by itself over time.
- Loosening of the new joint. If the new joint doesn’t stay where it should, it can cause pain that may require an additional surgery to correct.
- Dislocation of the new joint. Usually, dislocation can be fixed if the patient wears a special brace designed to support the joint. You are not likely to need another surgery.
- Wear and tear. Some wear and tear on your prosthesis is expected, especially after years have gone by. If the prosthesis loosens, another surgery may be necessary to fix the issue.
We will help guide you towards the best treatment for you and will follow you through to full recovery. Call (508)363-6363 today for a joint replacement consultation at with Dr. Desio.
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