Joint Replacement Center
More than 20 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, a condition which results in a loss of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the joints. Many people with arthritis find everyday activities such as walking, driving, exercising, or even sleeping extremely painful. Some people find relief with non-surgical methods, but if the pain interferes with daily activities, joint replacement may be recommended. Close to 1 million people have total joint replacement surgery each year.
The Joint Replacement Center at Parkview Community Hospital offers a comprehensive treatment program which focuses on exceptional outcomes and service. We believe that our patients play a key role in ensuring a successful recovery, and we involve them in their treatment through every step of the program.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States. As one of the most successful types of operations in medicine, hip replacement surgery is an effective procedure to help those who suffer from joint pain. The surgery successfully relieves pain, increases motion and enables people to get back to enjoying their everyday activities.
Also known as total hip arthroplasty, hip replacement surgery is most often the last resort for those who suffer from chronic joint pain. There are various reasons that physicians would recommend their patients undergo total hip replacement surgery including:
- Hip pain that limits everyday activities, such as walking or bending.
- Hip pain that continues while resting, either day or night.
- Stiffness in a hip that limits the ability to move or lift the leg.
- Inadequate pain relief from anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, or walking supports.
Many patients endure severe knee pain even though total knee replacement surgery is one of the most effective treatment options. In fact, around 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year in the United States.
Knee replacement surgery is usually the last course of action when there is severe knee pain or stiffness that limits daily activities like walking, climbing stairs and getting in and out of chairs. Other reasons for having the procedure include:
- Moderate or severe pain while resting.
- Chronic knee inflammation that doesn’t improve with rest or medication.
- Knee deformity.
- Failure of medication to treat the pain.