Joint Replacement Surgery in League City, TX
Whether it's in the hands, knees, hips or wrists, many people suffer from joint pain. Acute or minor joint pain is typically treated with over-the-counter medications and lifestyle changes. But in the case of chronic joint pain or joint dislocation, surgery may be needed.
Joint replacement surgery is also called replacement arthroplasty. Here, a surgeon will replace a joint with a prosthesis, typically made of plastic, metal or some combination of both.
Do I Need Joint Replacement Surgery?
Three primary factors play a role in joint replacement. Age, injury, and disease all factor into the weakening of joints. As we age, our joints can deteriorate and become damaged or misaligned.
Most joint deterioration or damage is caused by some combination of injury or disease. Some of the leading causes of joint damage include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Joint stiffness
The forms of arthritis, in particular, cause many people extreme joint pain. If you're suffering from arthritis or any of the other aforementioned causes, please call (281) 481-2649 or contact Dr. David Vanderweide online.
What is Joint Replacement Surgery Like?
Before any procedure begins, your doctor will run several tests to determine if joint replacement surgery is necessary. In addition to x-ray and scans, doctors regularly check for joint damage with an arthroscope. This is a small, lighted camera that allows your doctor to examine your joint and make a treatment recommendation.
The joint replacement surgery itself is an inpatient procedure; the operation will be performed at a hospital and you'll likely have a recovery period after, depending on the joint being replaced. During the surgery, doctors will provide anesthesia and replace your damaged, deteriorated joint with a prosthesis.
Conventional joint replacement uses traditional surgical techniques while newer, more technologically advanced options such as robot-assisted joint replacement and computer navigated joint replacement are available.
Life after Joint Replacement
After your surgery, your doctor will recommend lifestyle changes and give advice. This often includes low-impact exercise, medications and even diet advice, all designed to keep your joints healthy. Following this advice will give you the best results for your prosthesis.
Typical knee prosthetics, hip prosthetics and other joint replacements last around 10 – 15 years. This means that if you receive a joint replacement at a relatively young age, you will likely need another in that time frame.
Get Help Now
Painful joints can make your life difficult. Joint replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, is one possible solution to your pain. For more information, please call (281) 481-2649 or contact Dr. David Vanderweide online.
David G. Vanderweide MD, PA
Address333 N Texas Ave
Webster, TX 77598