If you are suffering from joint pain every day and are considering joint replacement, you may have begun exploring different surgical options. While it’s perfectly understandable that you would want to get word-of-mouth advice from friends and family, this often leads to misconceptions that may skew your perception of the process. Let’s take a look at six common myths about joint replacement and set the record straight.
Myth: I should wait until my pain is “really bad” before considering surgery.
Do not ignore your pain and let it get worse! If your joint pain is affecting your daily routine, it’s time to talk with an orthopedic specialist. When symptoms begin to interfere with your activities and your lifestyle, set up a consultation to begin reviewing your options.
Myth: If I consult with a surgeon, he or she will always recommend surgery.
False. No reputable surgeon will recommend surgery when it’s not the best course of action. He or she may suggest injections for the immediate future. Plus, you can always seek a second opinion. Remember, joint replacement is an elective procedure. You make the final decision.
Myth: I’m too old or too young for joint replacement.
There is no age limitation for joint replacement. Many factors are taken into consideration regarding the timing of joint replacement and while age is a factor, other issues are explored as well. Young or old, ongoing pain has a negative impact on your life so it’s best to speak with a specialist who can get you on the path to recovery as soon as possible.
Myth: I’ll have permanent restrictions following surgery.
A majority of patients who undergo joint replacement surgery experience an immediate improvement in range of motion. With proper care and physical therapy, most people achieve improved function following surgery. During the initial healing time, you may be advised to gradually increase lower impact activities such as golf, swimming, or tennis until you regain strength following your surgery.
Myth: I’ll be out of commission for weeks after the surgery.
In most cases, it’s the exact opposite. By working with a physical therapist and establishing a routine of low-impact exercises most people are up and walking a short few days after surgery. The direct anterior approach to hip replacement allows the surgeon to work between major muscles instead of cutting through them, which drastically minimizes recovery time. Same holds true for Mako® robot-assisted knee replacement.
Myth: It doesn’t matter who does my surgery.
A number of studies indicate that patients who trust their surgeon have the best outcomes. Additionally, research shows that surgeons who have extensive experience with joint replacement surgeries provide better results. Rest assured knowing that you are in great hands with Bone & Joint Center’s Dr. Johnson, as he has 2000+ surgeries to his credit. Don’t let myths hold you back any longer, contact us today!