In patients sidelined by painful osteoarthritis, knee or hip replacement helps restore mobility. A recent study found that people who had knee or hip replacements also had a lower risk of heart disease.
Your chronic joint pain might make exercise tough, but studies show that preconditioning before hip or knee surgery can make for an easier recovery and less post-operative pain.
Correct placement of artificial joint implants is one of the biggest challenges in joint replacement surgery. “SmartBones” technology helps surgeons pinpoint exactly where the new joint needs to go.
For people in need of hip replacement, sex can be extremely painful. The good news is that once the joint is replaced, you can resume having sex within six to eight weeks – and it’s often better than it’s been for years.
Orthopaedic sugeons are using dramatic advancements in imaging to customize joint repair and monitor patients after the operation.
Ask questions and get answers about hip and knee replacements from a Cleveland Clinic physician during a live webchat Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at noon (ET).