Knee and hip discomfort can keep you from doing the things you love—from gardening to playing with the young ones in your family.
Whether injury, arthritis or the sands of time are the culprits for your joint pain, there are many more options to consider today, from nonsurgical to non-invasive and full joint replacement. If you’re ready to get moving again and regain control of your life, Ascension St. Vincent can help.
Know Your Body
If you’ve had joint pain for many years but now it has gotten worse or you can no longer do some of the activities you want to do, it may be time to see a professional to explore your medical options. An orthopedic physician will examine the damaged joint, perhaps take X-rays or an MRI, and will be able to better diagnose your condition and can explore the options with you. Today, there are medical devices, injections and medications that can be very effective. You may be able to avoid surgery and get the relief you need for some period of time.
What to Expect From Surgery
If joint replacement surgery is needed, here’s what to expect. Once your doctor determines that a knee or hip replacement is right for you, you might receive a few lifestyle recommendations in the weeks leading up to surgery. For example, you might be asked to lose weight to reduce the risk of complications during and after the procedure.
In addition, many institutions now offer classes to give you a better sense of what to expect before, during and after surgery. St. Vincent hosts a Joint Effort education program that covers pre- and post-op details, pain control, anesthesia, rehabilitation and more. This program is scheduled by the surgeon in advance of the patient’s surgery.
Other things to consider before surgery are arranging for transportation and help around the house and modifications to your home, if necessary.
What to Expect After Surgery
Knee and hip replacement surgeries take a few hours to perform. During the procedure, surgeons remove damaged tissue, bone and cartilage and replace them with prosthetic implants that mimic the shape and movement of your natural joint. Once the procedure is over and the anesthesia wears off, nurses and care staff will help get you on your feet as soon as possible to help speed up recovery and improve your long-term outcome.
Your care team will also prescribe an exercise and physical therapy regimen to help strengthen your new joint and the muscles surrounding it. Following your doctor’s rehabilitation plan is vital to your recovery and will help you embrace the movement your new joint replacement provides.
St. Vincent performs hundreds of joint replacements every year and partners with OrthoIndy, the largest private full-service orthopedic practice in the Midwest. This partnership gives patients more options for care while supporting local access to new technology and techniques for joint replacement procedures. You can rest easy knowing your joint replacement needs are being met at St. Vincent.
Visit stvincent.org/services/orthopedics to learn more about the many joint replacement programs offered at St. Vincent.