Total Joint Replacement
Most people begin to think about a total hip or knee replacement when osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis has taken its toll, or if there’s been a traumatic injury or abnormal growth development. When medications and physical therapy don’t take away the pain, total joint replacement may be the next step.
Total joint replacements today are made of better materials and last longer than in the past. Long-term studies of early joint replacement show that younger patients regain normal muscle function and mobility faster than older adults and joint stability is beyond 20 years.
The key to good results is not necessarily the brand of joint available, it’s the skill of the surgeon. Ask how many joint replacements your surgeon does each year. Studies show that surgeons who perform 50 to 100 such surgeries have better outcomes.
If you’re getting ready to undergo total joint replacement surgery at St. Anthony’s, join us for a free preparation class.
For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.
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