Total Joint Replacement
While Dr. Maynard is an advocate of conservative treatment first, when all other options have been exhausted, total joint reconstruction may dramatically improve the patient’s quality of life. A total joint replacement is performed by removing an arthritic or damaged joint and replacing it with an artificial joint, called prosthesis. The materials used in a total joint replacement are designed to enable the joint to move just like a normal joint.
In general, Dr, Maynard will encourage you to use your "new" joint shortly after your operation. After total hip or knee replacement, you will often stand and begin walking the day after surgery. Initially, you will walk with a walker, crutches, or a cane. Most patients have some temporary pain in the replaced joint because the surrounding muscles are weak from inactivity and the tissues are healing. This will end in a few weeks or months. Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process. Dr. Maynard and staff will discuss a PT program for you after surgery. This varies for different joint replacements and for differing needs of each patient. The motion of your joint will generally improve after surgery. The extent of improvement will depend on how stiff your joint was before the surgery.
Hip joint and knee joint replacements are helping
people of all ages live pain- free, active lives.
Joints are formed by the ends of two or more bones
connected by tissue called cartilage. Healthy cartilage
serves as a protective cushion, allowing smooth,
low-friction movement of the joint. If the cartilage
becomes damaged by disease or injury, the tissues around
the joint become inflamed, causing pain. With time, the
cartilage wears away, allowing the rough edges of bone
to rub against each other, causing more pain.
When only some of the joint is damaged, a surgeon may be able to
repair or replace just the damaged parts. When the entire joint is
damaged, a total joint replacement is done. To replace a total hip or
knee joint, a surgeon removes the diseased or damaged parts and inserts
artificial parts, called prostheses or implants.
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