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What is TJR
Total joint replacement (TJR) is one of the most successful surgical procedures available, thanks to refined surgical techniques, improved implant characteristics, aggressive physical rehabilitation with a focus on pain management. It is performed to repair severe injuries or to replace joints destroyed by arthritis and other bone diseases. This procedure works to replace the ends of both bones in a damaged joint thereby creating new joint surfaces. Weight-bearing joints are naturally under the greatest strain and are therefore more likely to lose protective cartilage over time, especially the hips and knees.
Shoulder joints can also develop painful conditions caused by arthritis which may be helped by total joint replacement surgery. Hand and elbow joints also endure daily stress that can damage cartilage and are also subject to bone diseases. Cartilage between bones naturally protects them from rubbing together, but as it begins to deteriorate due to wear or aging, bones can grind against each other, resulting in severe pain and swelling. Total joint replacement surgery is designed to alleviate these symptoms and significantly improve the patient’s quality of life.
The Best Candidates for TJR
There are a number of conditions that can cause joint pain and disability and lead patients to consider joint replacement surgery. In many cases, joint pain is caused by damage to the cartilage that lines the ends of the bones (articular cartilage)—either from arthritis, a fracture, or another condition. When nonsurgical treatments such as medications, physical therapy, and changes in the approach to daily activities do not relieve pain and disability, total joint replacement may be an option.
More than seven million Americans are living with a hip or knee replacement and in most cases report that they have improved mobility, despite living with advanced arthritis. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon’s say that 90 percent of knee replacement patients see significant relief of pain. About 332,000 total hip replacements and 719,000 total knee replacements are performed in the United States each year according to the latest statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The long-term success rates for total hip and total knee surgery continues to rise with the number of surgeries, currently exceeding 95 percent.
Successful surgery, successful recovery equals better quality of life
Total joint replacement is one of the most successful contemporary surgical procedures for both men and women, thanks to refined surgical techniques, improved implant characteristics, aggressive physical rehabilitation and a focus on pain management which have all contributed to the success of TJR. The majority of patients are able to perform daily activities with much greater ease after joint replacement surgery. Most people can expect their joint replacement to last for many years, providing improved quality of life that includes less pain, improved motion and strength that would not have been possible otherwise.
When joint replacement has become your best option, you can take comfort in knowing that our specialty-trained surgeons offer the latest, state-of-the-art surgical procedures using the latest technologies, which makes for better outcomes and, in some cases, faster recovery times for our patients. We work to stay abreast of the latest advances in our field and we never lose sight of the importance of optimizing patient outcomes and implant longevity above all else.