What are Joint Replacement Surgery?
Joint replacement surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of a joint and replaces them with new, man-made parts.
Replacing a joint can reduce pain and help you move and feel better. Hips and knees are replaced most often. Other joints that can be replaced include the shoulders, fingers, ankles, and elbows.
What happens during?
During joint replacement your doctors will:
- Give you medicine so you won’t feel pain. The medicine may block the pain only in one part of the body, or it may put your whole body to sleep.
- Replace the damaged joint with a new man-made joint.
- Move you to a recovery room until you are fully awake or the numbness goes away.
What are the complications?
Complications after joint replacement surgery are much lower than they used to be. When problems do occur, most are treatable. Problems could include:
- Blood clots.
- Loosening of the joint.
- Ball of the new joint comes out of its socket.
- Wear on joint replacements.
- Nerve and blood vessel injury.