I’m Having Knee Pain – Do I Need a Joint Replacement?

Joint replacement surgery is a safe and proven method to ease the pain and discomfort, associated with deterioration of the joints.  If you have persistent pain and discomfort in the joints that has left you asking ‘Do I need a joint replacement?’ you have to consult your doctor to be sure.  However, this article looks at some of the reasons why joint replacement is often recommended.

Why joints may need replacing

Joints are formed at the intersection of two or more bones, such as the knees and shoulders, and are connected by cartilage. Joints can become damaged as a result of disease, trauma, or degeneration. Several joints can be replaced including the hips, knee, ankles, and shoulder. However hip and knee replacement surgeries are the most common (learn more).

Physicians typically recommend joint replacement for patients experiencing chronic and persistent joint pain. It is also suggested in cases where there is limited mobility, so as to help people move and feel better and improve quality of life.

Joint Replacement surgery

Joint replacement surgery involves removing a damaged joint, and replacing it with a new one. There are different types of joint replacement surgery options, some of which are more invasive than others. However, your doctor will conduct a thorough examination, to determine the type of intervention which would be right for you.

As with any type of surgery, there are risks associated with joint replacement. However, this is often influenced by factors such as your general health prior to the operation, and the type of surgery being performed.

If are in the Fort Lauderdale area and would like to know if you need a joint replacement, schedule an appointment with experienced orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank McCormick. Dr. McCormick works with the LESS Institute and can be contacted at 1-844-LESS-DOCS, or at http://www.frankmccormickmd.com/contact-us/.

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