Joint Replacement Surgery Procedure

Joint replacement surgery is a common enough procedure and it has a high success rate. Replacing the inflamed joint will reduce pain, increase mobility and improve the quality of your life.

Though hips and knees are the most popular areas for surgery, ankles, elbows, shoulders, and fingers are also operated on. After a joint replacement surgery from, the new joint has a lifespan of 10-15 years.

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Therefore, younger people may need a number of replacement procedures in their lifetime.

One of the most important things to ensure at the time of joint replacement surgery is the proper positioning of the new joint. Incorrect positioning can lead to quick wear and tear of the new joint.

Poor alignment can also lead to the loosening of the new joint. This explains why surgeons take maximum care to ensure the correct positioning of new joints.

Advances in technology make it possible to ensure the exact positioning of new joints. For instance, a computer-assisted surgery uses probes to ensure the exact positioning of replacement implants.

Joint replacement surgery is a long procedure and is carried out under general anesthesia. It has a high success rate. Recovery depends on the patient more than the doctor once the surgery is through. Patients must follow doctor's orders regarding rest, recuperation, diet, and exercise.

After recovery, the patient experiences almost total relief from pain and near-normal mobility. In most cases, physiotherapy may be required to restore full movement.

The risks associated with the surgery are the same as those associated with other surgeries and are generally dependent on the severity of the condition, age, and general health of the patient.

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