Is it really time for a joint replacement?



Is it really time for a joint replacement?


From what may be causing your pain to recovery timelines, watch and learn which key factors play a role in determining if a hip or knee joint replacement is right for you.

Your guide to joint replacements

It’s the big question on your mind: How do you know when it’s finally time for a joint replacement?

Chances are, you’ve been managing your knee or hip pain for some time – and your treatments may or may not be working like they used to. But at what point is joint replacement surgery the best option?

Ultimately, the decision is all yours – but that doesn’t mean you have to make it alone.

With the help of experienced orthopedic surgeon – plus, broadcaster and former University of Minnesota basketball star – Lea B. Olsen, we’re going to walk you through what you need to know about chronic joint pain and how to determine if a joint replacement is right for you.

Step 1: Understand the causes of chronic joint pain

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis. As you get older, so do your joints. It’s not uncommon to have some aches and pains, but there are some things that can speed up the joint wear and tear process. Watch the video to learn more about common causes of chronic joint pain.

Step 2: Know your nonsurgical treatments for joint pain

If you have joint pain, you’re likely familiar with home remedies like over-the-counter pain relief medications and hot-and-cold therapy. You may have even participated in physical therapy a time or two. And you’ve probably stopped doing certain activities to reduce or avoid pain.

But are there other treatments that could help? This video walks you through nonsurgical options.

Step 3: Decide if a joint replacement is right for you

How much pain do you need to be in before surgery is an option? Or, is there a certain level of immobility? The answer may surprise you.

Step 4: Meet with a surgeon and get your questions answered

Choosing to have a joint replacement is a big decision, and your feelings are probably a mix of excited and worried. Meeting with a surgeon and getting all your questions answered can help guide your next steps. What questions should you be asking?

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Step 5: Understand your joint replacement options

If you choose to have a knee or hip replacement, the type of replacement you’ll have will depend on where the arthritic damage is located, whether your ligaments are intact and how severe your pain or mobility issues are.

This video helps you learn about different types of knee replacement surgeries and when they’re recommended.

Step 6: Know what to expect during recovery

After joint replacement surgery, taking steps to strengthen your new joint and heal from the procedure itself begins almost immediately. With the help of your care team and assistive devices, you’ll stand and take a short walk within hours of surgery. But what can you expect in the weeks and months to come?

Step 7: Choose whom to trust with your care

When you choose a surgeon, you’re placing your trust and future well-being in their hands. TRIA is home to some of the top surgeons in the Midwest who help heal their patients’ joint pain, improve joint function and mobility, and elevate quality of life. Watch the video to learn more about what it means to be treated by TRIA.

The big takeaway: Don’t ignore your joint pain

You’ve watched the videos, now what? Here are some of the key takeaways to help guide your next steps:

  • Understand what may be causing your chronic joint pain
  • Know your nonsurgical options
  • Consider personal factors like age, activities you love and level of pain
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon questions or get a second opinion

And perhaps one of the most important takeaways is: Don’t ignore what you’re feeling.

If your pain is getting worse or your current treatments don’t seem to be as effective as they once were, talk with a surgeon. They can work with you to come up with a treatment plan and help you decide if a joint replacement is a good next step.

If you’re ready to explore your options, schedule a consultation with a surgeon.

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