At Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our specialty-trained joint replacement doctors are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for a variety of joint injuries and conditions.
Injury to your joints, whether the knee, hip, or shoulder, can lead to significant pain and limited mobility. Through joint replacement surgery, you can find relief from that pain and the ability to once again move about freely. Joint replacement involves the removal of all or part of your existing joints. These joints are then replaced or resurfaced with synthetic materials. The aim of this surgery is to eliminate pain and allow the patient to walk and move around without stiffness or discomfort.
Joint replacement is becoming more effective and technologically advanced all the time. To discover whether you are a good candidate for joint replacement or to learn more about what the process entails, we recommend speaking with a surgeon today.
When Do You Need to Consider Joint Replacement Surgery?
There are different reasons you might need a knee replacement, hip replacement, or shoulder replacement. Essentially, they all involve joint pain; if you feel chronic joint pain, that's reason enough to visit with a doctor.
The most common causes of joint pain, which may require surgical intervention in addition to physical therapy, include:
- Age or years of use
- Complication from other diseases, such as osteoporosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
When you visit a joint replacement doctor, he or she will likely recommend a nonsurgical intervention before attempting a replacement surgery. These nonsurgical methods include:
- Physical therapy
- Use of a cane or walker
- Weight loss
If these methods do not work, that's when your doctor may recommend hip replacement surgery, partial knee replacement, total knee replacement, shoulder replacement, or whatever procedure fits your symptoms and medical needs.
What Happens During Joint Replacement Surgery?
You'll always have a preoperative meeting with your joint replacement surgeon to ensure you know exactly what to expect during and after the procedure. During this preoperative appointment, your doctor will let you know about your expected recovery time and about how often you will need to do physical therapy.
During the surgery itself:
- Medications will be administered to ensure that you do not feel pain
- The old joint will be taken out and replaced with man-made components
- You will be moved to a recovery room until you are awake and the numbness in your joints has dissipated
Our surgeons also offer outpatient or rapid recovery joint replacement procedures.
What Should You Expect From Your Joint Replacement Recovery?
Recovery from joint replacement surgery can vary depending on the joint you had replaced and your overall health. You will always have postoperative appointments with your surgeon to make sure everything is healing properly, and you should also expect an ongoing physical therapy routine.
Within the first 24 hours of your recovery from a total hip or knee replacement, you will be encouraged to stand and to walk, likely with the aid of a walker or a cane. There may be some pain associated with this movement, at least at first, but your orthopedic doctor will be able to provide you with medication to minimize this pain.
Physical therapy will strengthen your new joint as well as the surrounding muscles and may begin as early as the first day after you have the replacement performed.
Recovery from shoulder replacement is usually a little less involved; you can expect your full range of motion to return gradually, over the course of about six weeks. Physical therapy will expedite this process and ensure proper healing.
How Can You Prepare for Joint Replacement?
If you have chronic discomfort in the shoulder, knee, or hip, it's recommended that you speak with an orthopedic surgeon sooner rather than later. Following some nonsurgical treatments, your doctor may or may not advise that you pursue a new joint implant, and if you do choose the surgical route, your doctor can recommend the best procedure to fit your needs.
The Region's Most Comprehensive Joint Care
At the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our experienced doctors and staff are proud to offer exceptional orthopedic care to people throughout the communities of northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Our doctors are available at our office in St. Joseph, Missouri, as well as at the Northwest Medical Center in Albany, Missouri, the Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, Missouri, the Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and the Hiawatha Community Hospital in Hiawatha, Kansas.
Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Daniel Smith, Dr. William Humphreys, Dr. Corey Trease, Dr. Brian Duncan, and Dr. Blake Peterson, have years of experience in treating patients with a variety of joint injuries and conditions. Our orthopedic joint replacement surgeons have the knowledge and skills to perform a thorough evaluation and provide an accurate diagnosis and viable treatment options. Conservative methods will always be recommended first, but there are some cases when surgery is required to help eliminate pain and restore proper function.
If a joint injury or condition is keeping you from living the life you love, schedule an appointment with one of our specialty-trained joint replacement surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling (816) 233-9888.
For those urgent injuries that require immediate attention and can't wait for an appointment, visit our OSMC Today Walk-In Clinic.