Joint replacement is considered a major surgery. It has also proved to be a very successful surgery. As many as 95 percent of joint replacement patients report high or very high satisfaction rates when considering pain relief, improved mobility, and enhanced quality of life.
When to Consider Joint Replacement
Candidates for joint replacement surgery have severe joint pain, stiffness, swelling, muscle weakness and limited range of motion. Surgery, however, is the last line of treatment, reserved for when all other options, including physical therapy and medications, have failed.
It's important to have realistic ideas about what joint replacement will accomplish, including what the recovery process is like. Preparing ahead of time for your surgery by talking with your doctor and taking advantage of pre-surgical joint replacement education classes are important factors for success and satisfaction.
What to Expect from Joint Replacement
The biggest benefit of joint replacement is improved quality of life. Surgery can stabilize the joint, allowing you to move more freely. It can relieve severe pain that doesn't respond to medication, therapy or other non-surgical treatments. It can also correct a deformity, improving both the look and function of your joint.
Joint replacement surgery is generally safe. Spectrum Health's Center for Joint Replacement has the highest level of quality and safety compared to any other program in West Michigan.
Most artificial joints last 15 to 20 years or more. Long-term success depends on age, weight and activity level, among other things.