Blog Post

What is Total Joint Replacement?

December 27, 2022

Blog Post

What is Total Joint Replacement?

December 27, 2022
Thomas Sanders, MD
As we age, our joints can become stiffer and less flexible, causing us to experience knee, hip or shoulder pain.

Luckily, there is a solution to get you up and running again without the ache and pains. The nationally recognized, board-certified physicians at Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine use the most advanced techniques and procedures to get you back to your quality of life quickly.

Joints can be damaged due to injury or as a result of arthritis. Damaged joints can cause pain or make it hard to perform daily activities. In some cases, nonsurgical treatments like medications or physical therapy may relieve pain and help regain motion. However, when nonsurgical treatments are not successful, joint replacement surgery can be a solution. 

Joint replacement surgery involves removing parts of an arthritic or damaged joint and replacing it with a metal, plastic or ceramic implant to restore function, relieve pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life.

Types of Joint Replacement Surgeries
Freeman Center for Hip & Knee Reconstruction offers a wide range of joint replacement surgeries including:

  • Total knee replacement
  • Total hip replacement (posterior approach, anterior approach)
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Joint revision (knee, hip)

Most Common Joint Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common joint replacement surgeries. During knee surgery, the knee joint is replaced with a prosthetic joint. After the surgery, patients typically spend a few days in the hospital before being released, and full recovery normally takes three to six weeks. While most patients who undergo this procedure are 50 – 80 years old, people of all ages undergo knee replacement surgery.

Recovery from any total joint replacement surgery involves either in-home or outpatient physical therapy. Patients begin walking the day of surgery and generally resume their daily activities by four to six weeks after surgery. Most patients use a walker for balance for one to two weeks. Therapy is used after surgery to restore range of motion and increase strength.   

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