Joint replacement surgery is a procedure in which the damaged joint or a part of it is removed and replaced with an artificial joint. This surgery is often performed on the elderly as they are highly prone to joint damage. Age-related wear & tear is one of the commonest causes why joints in the elderly get damaged. Not only this but the surgery is also performed in adults when their joint is severely damaged as a result of a high-energy accident.
Special orthopedic implants and instruments are used during the surgery, and that depends on the type of joint being operated on.
Getting the surgery done is fine but before that, there are some key points that need to be considered. In this post, we will have a look at those considerations only.
What to do Before Having a Joint Replacement Surgery?
Know Your Orthopedic Surgeon
The first thing you need to do is find a reliable and experienced orthopedic surgeon for joint replacement surgery. It’s a matter of your life and you should pay some serious attention to this.
Now, once you’ve selected the surgeon, you need to know him. What we mean by saying this is to gather information about his experience, the success rate of surgeries, feedback from his past clients, and more. Don’t forget to check the necessary certifications a surgeon must have. This can be best done by taking an appointment and consulting the surgeon directly.
Know the Type of Surgery
One of the most important points that need to be considered is the type of surgery. Knowing the procedure will ease your nerves and you’ll feel a bit relaxed. Besides this, one must also ask the surgeon about how to prepare for the surgery. In certain cases, the doctor suggests some medicines and the patient might be required to lose some weight, especially if the patient is obese. There might also be other points that the surgeon might ask you to follow before surgery. So, don’t forget to ask and don’t forget to follow them either.
Risks Associated with the Surgery
Before getting the joint replacement done, it is also important to know the risks associated with the procedure. We don’t deny the fact that all types of surgeries carry risk but knowing how much is there with your procedure will alert you. More than that, you can ask the surgeon about the precautions and considerations you need to make to minimize the risk. Pain, swelling, redness, and infection on or around the operated area are common but, if anything else is there, the surgeon might tell you beforehand.
Knowing this is important to prepare yourself and reduce the chances of severe complications.
Besides the risks and complications, you must also ask the surgeon about how much time it will take to recover. It all depends on the severity of the condition and the type of surgery being done. The surgeon can give you an idea of this plus, will also guide you on how to ensure a quick and better recovery.
So, knowing all this will make surgery easier for you and you can go into the operation theatre with a clear mind.
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