Polyclinic orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Cannon, spoke with IRG’s Health Talk host Shannon O’Kelly on total joint replacement. Dr. Cannon explained why surgeons are doing total joint replacement at a younger age, the decision behind getting surgery, and patient recovery time.
Here are a few things to know about total joint replacement surgery:
What is total joint replacement surgery?
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a prosthesis. More than one million Americans have hip or knee replacement surgery each year according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
Listen to Dr. Cannon discusses total joint replacement on KIRO/ESPN radio.
What are the benefits of total joint replacement surgery?
Replacing a joint can relieve pain or help restore mobility. A physician will determine if you need joint replacement surgery by looking through X-ray scans to see if your joint has damage or you are suffering pain while doing any sort of movement such as walking, swimming or cycling. Dr. Cannon says a successful total joint replacement will allow an individual to continue most of their physical activities.
What is the recovery time of total joint replacement surgery?
“You can expect to resume light activity in about one month such as stationary bike and elliptical training. Patients can resume full activity in about three months or so,” said Dr. Cannon.