We’ve compiled a list of 5 things every potential joint surgery patient should know before committing to a surgery date.
- Surgery can lead to pain relief and better freedom of movement. Excellent results are possible. Benefits most often outweigh the risks.
- You have choices. Joint repair can be performed as an outpatient procedure and treats many non-arthritic conditions.
- Pain can be controlled. Joint replacements now have better pain control thanks to regional anesthesia and recent techniques, such as nerve-blocks.
- Preparation pays off. Rehabilitation and prehab (physical therapy before the procedure) produce great results. To get the most benefit out of your joint surgery it’s imperative that you start using the joint as quickly as possible.
- Implants are lasting longer. Joint replacements now last 20 to 30 years thanks to technological improvements. Talk to your doctor about your implant options; he or she will help you select the right one for your case.
Remember, you should talk to your surgeon about any questions or concerns you have from pre-op to rehab care. The best surgery results are obtained when patients follow their discharge instructions and listen to their surgeon’s advice concerning nutrition, activity, and lifestyle changes.