What is a joint replacement surgery?
Joint replacement surgery is a procedure of orthopedic surgery in which an arthritic or dysfunctional joint surface is replaced with an orthopedic prosthesis. It is considered as a treatment when severe joint pain or dysfunction is not alleviated by less invasive therapies.
Now, some of the commonly found myths and facts related to it about this joint replacement surgery are as follows:
- MYTH: You are either too young or too old
- FACT: We do not have a particular age to fall ill or have a medical issue. Some people can have joint problems at 25 and again some people might have the same at 52 also. Similarly, having a rather young age or old age should not hinder you from having a joint replacement surgery if needed. If there is a problem, it needs to get addressed asap.
- MYTH: Joint replacement should be used as the last resort, not before then
- FACT: Of course, not! If you are facing really big issues regarding your joints which are causing serious problems to your lifestyle, why will you wait until the last possible moment and delay addressing the issue causing its impact to heighten. The resulting pain from putting off the surgery will cause numerous difficulties for you. If it seems serious and your consultant doctor suggests it, under the guidance of a good orthopedic surgeon conduct the surgery.
- MYTH: It won’t feel the same as your natural joint.
- FACT: again, a strong misconception. Joint replacements are a bit like replacing your old usable things with its new variants. You are getting a new joint, so you will only feel better and be able to renew your previous lifestyle with a new vigor.
- MYTH: It’s expensive as well as is highly invasive and painful.
- FACT: with its increasing demand, the cost has come down a lot, but this surgery is a once in a lifetime decision and will prove to be cost effective with its sheer impact on your life. Contrary to popular belief, only a small piece of bone is removed in the surgery to insert the new joint, not the entire joint. So, it is not that much invasive and painful like you are thinking it to be.
- MYTH: There will be side effects and the joint will wear out soon.
- FACT: Some people have this worry that inserting foreign metal in their body will have side effects, but this statement is not true as the artificial joints contain unique metals that are completely compatible with our body and it stays in shape without causing any adverse effects. Today’s joint replacements last from 20-25 years to lifetime. So, you don’t need to worry about that.
- MYTH: The hospital stay will be long pre-surgery and post-surgery.
- FACT: within 2-3 days most patients will be discharged. Most of them are encouraged to walk or climb up stairs the same day of surgery.
- MYTH: The patient will have to say goodbye to sports after the surgery.
- FACT: not true. People can get back to light jogging or running or for an occasional game of tennis, but vigorous games like football or long-distance running should be avoided keeping in mind your best interest.
- MYTH: The person will need walking aids from then onwards.
- FACT: only for the initial days walking aids or walking sticks are required, after that your new joint can bear all the weight of your body.
- MYTH: After a certain age, recovery will be slow.
- FACT: if your overall health and body functions are normal, your age is not a deterrent for getting a rapid recovery.
Joint replacement surgery is one of the most specialized and well managed procedures as of today. It involves orthopedic surgeons who are highly experienced with this procedure along with other trained specialists who fulfills other varieties of criteria with them. So, we should forget about these misconceptions and myths regarding this surgery and if needed go for it under the proper guidance of a specialist.