Are you a candidate for joint replacement? Free joint replacement seminarSugar Land, TX - 3/8/2013
Joint replacement is one of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed today, with the hip and knee being the most frequently replaced joints. In fact, knee replacements have doubled in the past decade, and not just among the elderly. People age 45 to 64 were 2.5 times more likely to be hospitalized for knee replacement surgery in 2009 than in 1997. But joint replacement may not be the best solution for everyone. Many factors will determine whether trading in your aching joint for a stronger, better, faster replacement is the right step for you.
Carl Hicks, M.D., Joint Reconstructive Surgeon
“Joint deterioration has a number of causes,” says Carl Hicks, M.D., board certified joint reconstructive surgeon with Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST). “Injuries, autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and the general wear and tear that occur over time may all take a toll on the body’s joints, causing pain and inhibiting motion.” Joint replacement surgery exchanges the worn out part with a prosthesis made of plastic, metal or a combination of both. With successful outcomes in more than 90% of cases, patients who’ve had a joint replaced may enjoy better quality of life, relief from pain, stiffness or swelling and improved range of motion. But no surgery is without risks and, although the complication rate in joint replacement is low, patients are susceptible to infection, blood clots and loosening or dislocation of the joint.
“The severity of your condition will likely be a significant factor in the decision to have joint replacement surgery,” says Dr. Hicks. “If aching and stiff joints cause constant pain, limit your ability to walk or climb stairs and affect your quality of life, you may be a likely candidate for joint replacement surgery.”
Other considerations include:
Whether you want to get back in the game, or simply back to your life, our orthopedic specialists at the Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas can help you find the treatment option that works best for you. To learn more about joint replacement and your options, join us at our free seminar!