Joint Pain: Warning Signs It’s Time For Your Total Knee Replacement Surgery
Why Do My Joints Hurt?
As people continue to live longer, more active lives, total joint replacement (TJR) surgery has become more common. Replacing worn-out or injured joints can improve pain levels and boost overall quality of life. While discomfort can be a crucial indicator, people should consider surgery in cases of worsening stiff knees, disrupted daily activities, and unsuccessful non-surgical interventions. While surgery is not the first treatment option, a total knee replacement (TKR) helps people with severe pain return to daily activities.
Pain in the knees is a crucial warning sign a TJR surgery is needed. In cases of painful, stiff, or swollen knees, a total joint replacement is a great option for relief. Many patients report a drastic decrease in pain after surgery. Since the procedure cuts away much of the inflamed flesh and diseased or damaged bone, patients with debilitating pain levels benefit significantly.
A knee replacement can be the right solution when joint pain makes life unlivable. However, the success of a TKR depends on both individual and patient needs. When stiff joints and knee pain makes simple tasks like getting the mail or climbing the stairs too painful, total joint replacement surgery can help.
From acupuncture and over-the-counter (OTC) medication to physical therapy and steroid injections, non-surgical interventions can go a long way if treatment and care. Surgery provides the critical relief patients need when non-surgical interventions prove ineffective and pain is unmanageable.
Preparing for recovery
Before a total joint replacement, patients need to prioritize a balanced, healthy diet. Nutritional building blocks such as calcium, iron, and fiber stave off any potential constipation triggered by pain medication while supporting bone health. Limiting nicotine usage before total joint replacement surgery helps produce a quick recovery. Often smoking causes breathing issues, increasing the risk of potential complications while under anesthesia. Quitting or drastically lowering use at least a few weeks before surgery limits risk.
Your life, pain-free
While the thought of surgery can be intimidating, joint replacement is a routine procedure that drastically improves the lives of countless Americans. Chronic pain and joint stiffness can be debilitating and exhausting for countless patients. With a TJR, patients can achieve higher mobility and overall improved quality of life.
No. Because anesthesia is required for surgeries, we cannot let anyone drive themselves home following a procedure. We ask that you arrange for a family member or close friend to drive you to and from the facility on the day of your appointment. You also need a responsible adult to stay with you for 24 hours after receiving anesthesia.
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Yes. Before surgery, you and your anesthesia provider will sit down to discuss your medical history and review the anesthesia plan; this is when you’ll be able to voice all of your questions and concerns. Feel free to call our admissions nurse if you have concerns that should be addressed prior to the day of surgery.
No. Your physician, along with the other medical service providers, including anesthesia, radiology or pathology specialists, who use this facility are independent contractors. Because these individuals are not employed by our facility, we are not responsible or liable for their acts or omissions.