Myths Regarding the Joint Replacement Surgery!

Joint replacement surgery, also called Replacement arthroplasty is a procedure in which a dysfunctional joint surface is replaced with an orthopaedic prosthesis. Many people undergo a joint surgery to relieve chronic joint pain and improve joint mobility when non-surgical methods don’t help. 

There are many myths associated with joint replacement surgery which have been out-dated for a long time now. Let’s have a look at some of the common myths and the actual facts associated with them.

Contents:
Myth 1: I can’t have a joint replacement surgery because I’m too young/old.
Myth 2: Replacement joints do not last long.
Myth 3: Getting a joint replacement surgery means spending weeks in the hospital.
Myth 4: Since it is a surgery, get ready for life long scars!
Myth 5: Joint replacement surgeries are extremely painful.
Myth 6: You can’t play sports after getting a joint replacement surgery.
Myth 7: Joint replacement surgery is only for people with arthritis.
Myth 8: The recovery period after a joint replacement surgery is too long.
Myth 9: Surgery is the only way to get your joints fixed.
Myth 10: You’ll be talked into getting a surgery if you go to the hospital.

Myth 1: I can’t have a joint replacement surgery because I’m too young/old.

Fact: In the present day, orthopaedic surgeons do not classify age as a criterion to determine whether a patient can undergo a joint replacement surgery or not. The decision of a hip or knee replacement surgery depends on the level of pain and disability faced by the patient.

Myth 2: Replacement joints do not last long.

Fact: This used to be the truth decades ago but not anymore. With the change of time, technology and research has transformed this truth. Now, replacement joints last for at least 25 years, if not for a lifetime. Depending on your disability, there is a fine chance that you may never face the need to get them checked again once the surgery is completed.

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Myth 3: Getting a joint replacement surgery means spending weeks in the hospital.

Fact: Again, this myth goes way back in time. There have been big advancements in the medical field since then. While it was normal to spend 10-15 days in the hospital post the surgery, today the average stay has been reduced to 3-4 days. 

Myth 4: Since it is a surgery, get ready for life long scars!

Fact: Scars were a common after-affect when surgeries used to be open and invasive. Now that the surgeries are minimally invasive, there is a very less chance of getting a scar. Even if the surgery does leave back any scars, they fade away easily with time.

Myth 5: Joint replacement surgeries are extremely painful.

Fact: Well every surgery is painful, but the good news is that you won’t experience it. Surgeons usually give a dose of anaesthesia to the patient before they begin with the surgery. This way the surgery gets completed while you sleep and thus, do not feel any kind of pain.

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Myth 6: You can’t play sports after getting a joint replacement surgery.

Fact: There are certain exercises such as marathons and jogging for which you would not be allowed, but there is no problem if you play low impact sports such as golf, table tennis, swimming, cycling, walking, etc.

Myth 7: Joint replacement surgery is only for people with arthritis.

Fact: While joint replacement surgery is useful for people with arthritis but the surgery is not just for this very disease. It may be required by any person, old or young, if he/she faces disability while doing everyday tasks and experience excruciating pain on a daily basis.

Myth 8: The recovery period after a joint replacement surgery is too long.

Fact: You can expect to stand on the very day of the surgery even if you had undergone a total knee or hip replacement surgery. Although you’d be advised to not rush into any sort of activity too early but you’ll recover wholly in a matter of weeks.

Myth 9: Surgery is the only way to get your joints fixed.

Fact: A joint replacement surgery is often the last option when non-surgical methods do not work. If your problem is not too severe and can be treated with the use of medicines, you may not require a surgery at all.

Myth 10: You’ll be talked into getting a surgery if you go to the hospital. 

Fact: Doctors know better what is best for the patient. At Healing Hospital, our very experienced orthopaedic surgeons do not recommend a surgery unless it is absolutely required. You’ll first be asked about your medical history and then will go through physical exam, tests or X-ray. 

The doctor will then diagnose if your joint injury is acute or chronic depending on the reports. If it is just an acute injury, then you’ll be prescribed with medicines and physiotherapy only. In case the problem in chronic, then you may discuss your options with the surgeon and finally get the best treatment for yourself. 

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