Find out if joint replacement surgery can help you recover from pain and immobility.

Arthritis is a common ailment in the United States, causing millions of people pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five adults report having been diagnosed with arthritis. For some people, conservative treatments aren’t enough to relieve pain and improve quality of life. In those cases, joint replacement surgery may be the best option.

Here are some reasons why you may be a candidate:

  • You’ve tried conservative methods such as pain medication, physical therapy, light exercise, losing weight and massage. These methods aren’t enough to help.
  • Your pain is in your hip or knee. These are common areas of the body for joint replacement procedures.
  • Your pain is severe. Because of chronic pain, you have difficulty walking, taking stairs, lifting things or getting out of chairs. You’re uncomfortable even when at rest.
  • You have a joint deformity. If the structure of your joint itself has a problem, surgery may be the only way to repair it.
  • You’re reasonably healthy. Joint replacement is major surgery and isn’t right for everyone. Those with diabetes and other conditions may not be ideal candidates.
  • You’re ready to do the work. After joint replacement surgery, you become your best treatment option. You must adapt to using a cane or walker while you heal. You must participate in physical therapy to get your new joint in working order.

At North Hills Hospital, the Joint Replacement Program offers pre-operative education sessions to help you prepare for surgery. To learn more, call the North Hills Hospital joint replacement resource line at (817) 255-1691. If you would like to request a physician referral, please call 1-855-5NHILLS.

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