Who is a Candidate for Joint Replacement?
Extreme pain and stiffness are the main symptoms of a knee, hip or shoulder that needs to be replaced or repaired. When everyday activities like walking, climbing stairs, lifting or dressing become too difficult because of pain, your primary or orthopedic doctor may recommend replacement surgery. One of the most common reasons for a joint replacement is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a disease that damages the cartilage that helps joints move smoothly. When that cartilage breaks down, the bones in the joint begin to rub against each other. This can lead to pain and stiffness.
In this brief video, Dr. Bryan Jarvis discusses who might be a candidate for joint replacement surgery, including risk factors that might affect outcomes.
Am I a Candidate for Same-Day Joint Replacement?
Arnot Health orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bryan Jarvis discusses same-day surgery options for total knee, hip and shoulder surgery, and which patients may be good candidates for these procedures.