Joint replacement surgery is a standard procedure these days, with the most common joints replaced being the hip, knee, ankle, wrist, shoulder, and elbow. Over the years, there have been many advancements in techniques, methods, and materials used for joint replacement surgery.
Most people today know someone who has gone through a joint replacement surgery. Only a qualified expert orthopedic surgeon can know if joint replacement surgery is right for you. While a total joint replacement may be necessary, partial relief may be a viable option in many cases.
Some common myths about joint replacement may discourage some people from having surgery. We are going to list some of these myths and share with you the reality of what it is like to have joint replacement surgery.
12 Common Myths Around Joint Replacement Surgery
Myth #1. You are too young
Reality: One of the most common myths about joint replacement surgery is that it is only for people over 60. However, if there is a history of arthritis in your family or you have suffered an accident or joint ailment, it is never too early for a joint replacement.
Myth #2. You are too old
Reality: Many people think if you are over 80, then it is too late for joint replacement surgery. However, if your general health and bodily functions are relatively normal, joint replacement surgery may still be an option.
Myth #3. Joint replacement should be the last option
Reality: Many people will put off joint replacement surgery longer than necessary due to the misconception that it should be a last resort. It is essential to undergo surgery at the right time to reduce the risk of waiting too long.
Myth#4. Pre Existing conditions make you a poor candidate
Reality: Even if you have medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart issues, or other conditions, you can still get joint replacement surgery. Your doctor will monitor your health and conditions to ensure that the joint replacement surgery is done at the best time.
Myth #5. Your joints will not feel natural
Reality: A big misconception about joint replacement is about how they feel. When you have joint replacement surgery, it is like getting worn-out tires replaced with new ones and significantly improves your quality of life.
Myth #6. Joint replacement surgery is expensive
Reality: It is very cost-effective due to the increased demand for joint replacement, newer materials, and techniques, which have reduced the cost of the surgery in recent years. It is usually a surgery you will only do once, giving you far more value than the expense of the surgery. Without it, you will have continued pain, lower quality of life, missed opportunities, etc.
Myth #7. The surgery is highly invasive and painful
Reality: Depending on the type of surgery your orthopedic surgeon recommends, you may have minimally invasive surgery for a joint replacement that is both highly effective and less painful. Traditional knee replacement requires a larger incision and more invasive surgery. Consult with your doctor to discuss your options.
Myth #8. The joint will wear out in 10 years
Reality: At one point, this was true. Although there are no guarantees how long a joint replacement will last, with the advancements in the materials used today, the lifespan of a new joint can be 30 years or more.
Post-Surgery Related Myths
Myth #9. Extended hospital stay
Reality: Many patients may be able to climb stairs or walk on the same day as the surgery. Patients with a knee joint replacement are usually discharged within two days, and hip joint replacements are generally out in three days.
Myth #10. You won’t be able to play sports
Reality: Individuals can get back to the occasional game of tennis or light jogging; however, it is best to avoid sports like football or long-distance running.
Myth #11. You will always need a walking aid
Reality: At the beginning of your recovery, you may need a walker or walking stick to help you balance; however, you will find that most of the time, the new joint will be able to bear the entire load, and walking aids will be unnecessary.
Myth #12. Recovery will be slower if you are older
Reality: While everyone’s recovery process is unique, if your overall health and body functions are good, your age is not a negative factor for a quick recovery.
Thunder Basin Orthopaedics And Sports Medicine Is Here To Help You
There may be various reasons why you need joint replacement surgery, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or injury.
Our experienced surgeons specialize in treating various orthopedic conditions, including sports injuries. Our expert surgeons and staff at Thunder Basin Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine offer joint replacements, orthopedic trauma care, and sports medicine treatments. Contact us today to request an appointment.