Iowa Specialty Hospital

When to Consider Total Joint Replacement

October 12, 2017

Dr. Kakade examining orthopedic patientHaving a total joint replacement is a big decision. For those who are suffering from severe pain and limited mobility, it’s a decision that can significantly improve quality of life.

Before determining if you need a total joint replacement, let’s discuss what it is. A total joint replacement is when the joint – typically the knee, hip, or shoulder – is replaced with a functional, artificial implant.

Aging, arthritis, disability, fractures, and other medical conditions can all be causes of damage to cartilage, which can break down over time, leading to severe pain and loss of mobility. These are all cases in which a total joint replacement or revision may be necessary.

Prior to moving forward with surgical options, a thorough consultation with an orthopedic trained provider takes place which includes a physical exam, x-rays, and a discussion regarding your activity and lifestyle goals.  Depending on the progression of the condition, other more conservative measures may be prescribed first, such as medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes.

Surgical options are discussed only when conservative measures are no longer an option. While surgery may not be your first choice, it is an effective solution to relieving pain and gaining back functionality and mobility of the joint to help you reach your activity and lifestyle goals.

Advancements in joint replacement technology have improved surgical options, allowing for faster recovery time, less invasive techniques, and enhanced implant designs.

Wondering when you may need to schedule a consultation with an Orthopedic Specialist?

When to see an Orthopedic Specialist:

  • Severe pain that may keep you awake at night, unable to walk, or unable to bend the joint
  • If you have significant arthritis in the joint
  • If you are unable to perform routine daily activities
  • When pain medications and other conservative medical options aren’t working anymore

If you are having any of the above symptoms, schedule a consultation today at Iowa Specialty Hospital by calling 844-474-4321 or call our partner provider, Orthopedic Specialists at 515-955-6767. For your convenience, we offer orthopedic clinics in Clarion, Belmond, Fort Dodge, Humboldt, and Hampton.   

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