Are you curious about joint replacement? When you have a joint that is swollen and stiff and it affects your daily life, you may find yourself searching for doctors and researching the procedures you think you may benefit from. If walking, climbing stairs, taking a bath, getting in and out of chairs, or even sleeping is difficult, you should come see us to learn more about what joint replacement can do for you.
Granted, there are some things that you can try before you seriously start considering joint replacement surgery. Changing your diet, the structure of your exercise, using walking aids like a cane or brace, trying physical therapy, and taking pain medications can all help some people. But, if you’ve tried those things and you’re still not getting the results you want, it may be time to give us a call.
What risks are involved with joint replacement?
-Infection. Infection is always a risk with any and all surgeries and can occur anytime from immediately after surgery up until years afterward.
-Blood clots. To prevent blood clots from forming, patients are often given compression stockings to wear after their surgery. They will also be given exercises to do that will promote blood flow. Some patients may be asked to take blood thinners on top of these other suggestions.
-Nerve and blood vessel injury. Nerves and/or blood vessels around the replaced joint can be damaged during surgery. This type of damage is rare and often improves on its own over time.
-Loosening of the new joint. If the new joint doesn’t stay put, it can cause excess pain that may require additional surgery to fix.
-Dislocation of the new joint. Usually, dislocation can be fixed if the patient wears a special brace. Further surgery is not usually necessary.
We will help guide you towards the best treatment for you and will follow you through to full recovery. If you are interested in learning more about joint replacement, we can help provide more information. Call (210) 696-9000 today for a joint replacement consultation at either our San Antonio or Schertz location.