If you suffer from debilitating joint pain that doesn’t resolve with treatments like physical therapy and medication, it may be time to consider joint replacement surgery. Louis Rose, MD, and the highly-skilled orthopedic team at Throgs Neck Multi Care, P.C., in the Schuylerville district in the Bronx, perform joint replacement procedures for patients in New York City. To find out if a joint replacement is right for you, call or book an appointment online today.
Joint replacement surgery involves removing parts of a joint that have damage due to an injury or disease and replacing them with artificial components.
Also called arthroplasty, joint replacement can dramatically improve your quality of life by relieving persistent joint pain and restoring normal movement.
The most common joint replacement procedures involve large, weight-bearing joints like the hip and knee. The team at Throgs Neck Multi Care, P.C. may also perform a joint replacement on other joints, such as the ankle, shoulder, elbow, and wrist.
The team at Throgs Neck Multi Care, P.C. always explores conservative treatments before they recommend joint replacement. You may be a candidate for a joint replacement if you experience disabling pain despite non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy and activity modification.
Many conditions can cause long-term joint pain. The most common conditions that lead people to consider joint replacement surgery include severe fractures and chronic diseases like arthritis.
If the team at Throgs Neck Multi Care, P.C. thinks you may benefit from a joint replacement, they spend time explaining the procedure and answering your questions so you can make an informed decision.
First, your Throgs Neck Multi Care, P.C. provider prepares you for joint replacement surgery by checking your general health. They may take tests, including blood work and an electrocardiogram (EKG) to help plan the procedure.
The specific details of your procedure depend on the joint being replaced and the complexity of your condition. Joint replacement surgery typically lasts 2-3 hours and occurs while you’re under general or regional anesthesia.
During the procedure, your surgeon removes the injured or diseased portions of your joint. Then, they replace them with parts made of metal, ceramic, or medical-grade plastic. The artificial joint is designed to mimic natural movement.
How long it takes to recover also varies based on your particular procedure. Most people who get a hip or knee replacement stay in the hospital for a few days.
Your Throgs Neck Multi Care, P.C. surgeon provides you with instructions and exercises to facilitate your recovery at home. You may also need physical therapy.
To learn more about joint replacement surgery, call Throgs Neck Multi Care, P.C., or book an appointment online today.