Joint Replacement Becomes More Mainstream
- Posted on: Dec 15 2017
One consequence of a population whose average lifespan has increased 10 to 15 years over the past quarter century is the question if the machinery, particularly the joints, can take the extra decade or two of work. That explains the continuing increase in joint replacement as the population age increases; our joints need a little help to keep up.
At Urgent Orthopedic Specialists, our goal is to avoid replacement, if possible, but sometimes it is the only course for addressing a patient’s pain and decreasing joint function. Here’s some information on joint replacement.
Joint replacement has become a common surgery, and it comes with low complication rates. In most cases, pain relief and functional improvement is nothing short of night and day. Some replacement procedures allow for discharge the same day, or after just a single night in the hospital. Twenty years ago, many of today’s surgery options didn’t even exist, and if they did recovery was measured in weeks, not days.
Last year in the U.S. roughly 700,000 knee replacement procedures were performed. That number is projected to swell to 3.5 million annual procedures by 2030 as the population ages.
Total knee replacements are now usually performed as outpatient procedures. Pain management protocols must be followed, but almost all patients would rather be in their bed rather than the hospital. Home health (following our instructions for movement and the like) and physical therapy are both crucial to facilitate successful outcomes.
Joint procedures performed
This is a list of the common joint replacements:
- Total hip replacement
- Total knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement (unicompartmental)
- Anterior hip replacement
- Total shoulder replacement
- Reverse total shoulder replacement
- Total elbow replacement
If you have continuing joint pain, call us at Urgent Orthopedic Specialists, 432-520-3020.
Posted in: Joint Pain & Replacement