The medical world is on a fast track. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatments is one such field that has evolved immensely in the past 20 years. Now very few middle-aged people need joint replacement.
Some studies show that knee replacements have dropped by 19% and hip replacements by 40% since the 1980s in the US. Most of the respondents who participated in the study were aged between 40 and 50 years.
However, if the patient is in acute pain or severe joint damage scenario, a joint replacement is still the best option. So it is essential to know how to deal with the procedures to handle the surgery and how to respond to it.
Faster recovery from the surgery depends on how the patient responds to the procedure, including the physiotherapy and exercises that one takes up in days leading to the surgery and also post-surgery phase.
Tips on Joint Replacement Surgery
Some patients have been recorded to have taken as much as 200 feet steps on the day of surgery. It is essential that body movements are ensured to reduce risk of complications such as blood clots, pneumonia, and bed sores.
Moving around is very important, not just in days after surgery, but for quite some time after that. Because, body movement will have a positive impact on the long-term outcome and total recovery from the ailment.
At this point, it is essential to be in touch with the doctor and get surgery-related pain treated on time. For knees, doctors may use a femoral nerve block, an ultrasound-guided anesthesia injection near the femoral nerve in the groin.
Along with that, some lifestyle changes meant to bring down body weight can increase the efficiency of the results and faster recovery for the body. While overweight and obese people are 33 times more prone to require a joint replacement, and have more chances of developing complications after the surgery.