We know that you probably have a lot of questions about joint surgery, below are a few of the most common questions we receive. As questions arise, please feel comfortable to call our office and speak to our staff so that we can help you through this process.
What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?
Joint replacement surgery is removing a damaged joint and putting a new one in. Joint replacement surgery is performed by an orthopaedic surgeon. In some cases the surgeon will only replace or fix the damaged part of the joint instead of conducting a full joint replacement. Replacing a joint can relieve pain and help you move and feel better, improving your overall quality of life.
What is a total hip replacement?
Total hip replacement is an operation that removes the arthritic ball of the femur, including any damaged cartilage from the hip socket. The arthritic ball is then replaced with a metal ball fixed solidly inside the femur. The socket Is typically replaced with a plastic liner that is usually fixed inside a metal shell. This creates a smoothly functioning joint, eliminates pain and gets you back to your daily activity.
What is a Custom Fit/Patient Matched total knee replacement?
Patient Matched Instrumentation uses the patient's own MRI and full leg X-Ray to design cutting blocks specific to that patient. It enables a less invasive surgical procedure which can reduce soft tissue and muscle damage. This technology can potentially improve the patient’s outcome by extending implant longevity and helping the patient regain an active lifestyle.
What is the recovery process of joint surgery?
Dr. Rubins 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 of or day after surgery. Initially, you will walk with a walker, crutches, or a cane. Many patients have temporary pain in the replaced joint because the surrounding muscles are weak from inactivity while the tissues heal.
Exercise is critical to your recovery process. Your physical therapist will discuss a customized exercise or rehabilitation program for you after your surgery. This varies for different joint replacements and for differing needs of each patient. Your joint range of motion will improve after surgery, however each patients results will vary.
Is total joint replacement permanent?
Older adults can expect their total joint replacement to last a decade or more- providing years of pain-free living. Younger joint replacement patients may need a second total joint replacement or revision surgery as they get older. Dr. Rubins specializes in revision surgery to address any joint discomfort without conducting a full joint replacement.