Orthopedic Surgery

July 30, 2017

The Truth about 3 Common Myths Regarding Joint Replacement Surgery


You’re not too young, recovery is manageable, and your joint will last longer than you think.

At some point in life, many people in will face the challenge of joint inflammation or sore hip and knee joints. This pain may not slow you down much. You may even manage to lead a normal life and enjoy the same activities as you always have. But, once pain begins to interfere with your daily enjoyment, you may want to consider joint replacement surgery.

Here are the facts about common joint replacement myths to help you as you consider joint pain treatment in Arkansas or elsewhere in the country. Always talk to your doctor about what’s best for you, but don’t let common misperceptions get in the way of a surgery that can help improve your quality of life.

Myth #1: “I’m young, I don’t need joint replacement surgery.”
There is no age requirement for hip or knee replacement surgery. The question to ask yourself is whether your joint pain is stopping you from doing activities that you enjoy. You can take anti-inflammatories or other over-the-counter medications, but there is no need to wait until you are immobile to have joint surgery. After all, you want to maintain an active lifestyle, with minimal pain, at every stage of your life.

Myth #2: “Surgery Will Leave Me Bedridden.”
Advances in techniques and in actual implant products have led to vastly improved patient outcomes. Joint replacement used to mean a week or more in the hospital, and now, most patients spend only a day or two recovering.  In most cases, patients are putting weight on the “new” joint within hours of surgery. A full recovery from joint replacement surgery can take several, months but most patients are able to see and feel relief almost immediately.

Myth #3: “Joint Replacements Don’t Last Long.”
Many patients fear their new hip or knee joint will wear out after only a few years and require additional surgery. Actually new implants, made of more durable materials, have vastly improved their endurance. A new joint can last 25 or 30 years, eliminating any reason to wait until you’re in your senior years for surgery.

When it comes to your health, it’s essential to know the facts. If you’re experiencing hip or knee issues or joint inflammation in Arkansas, you have access to leading specialists in advanced treatments.

To learn more, contact Arkansas Surgical Hospital to see if joint replacement surgery is the right choice for your overall health by calling (877) 918-7020. You can also watch the Total Knee and Hip Replacement Webinar created by Arkansas Surgical Hospital. It will answer the most frequently asked questions about your surgery and educate you about your recovery.

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