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Replacing Worn Joints ​

Sep 26, 2019

If you are experiencing joint pain, a total or partial joint replacement may be for you. Joints often need to be replaced after damage is caused by osteoarthritis, injuries, years of use, or other diseases. This procedure is usually considered after other options like exercise, walking aids, physical therapy or medications cannot relieve pain and improve mobility. Having a joint replacement can improve mobility and strength.

Joint replacement involves replacing a damaged joint with a new one designed to replicate the movement of a natural joint. In some cases, only the damaged parts would be replaced, not the entire joint.                                

The surgery itself can now be done with improved precision using robot-navigated surgical equipment, which you can find at Desert Care Network. Patients who undergo robot-navigated surgery have reported 55 percent less pain than patients who received manual joint replacement surgery, eight weeks after the operation.

With some minimally-invasive procedures patients can be discharged in as little as a few hours, as opposed to manual procedures that can take one to four days of recovery in the hospital before discharge.  

With proper care during recovery, joint-replacement patients can expect greater mobility and less pain. Joint replacement surgery is becoming more common in the United States, with more than 1 million Americans having a hip or knee replaced annually. Being one of the most cost-effective interventions in medicine, joint replacements are expected to increase to 4 million annually by 2030.

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