In California alone, approximately one in five adults suffers from arthritis. Fortunately, our specialists here at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks have developed a Total Joint Program to provide patients with access to the latest advances in joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty) and rehabilitative treatment. Learn more about how our team of orthopedic specialists can help you understand the process after knee arthroplasty:
Pre-Screening for Joint Replacement Surgery
Orthopedic specialists will work to diagnose the extent of joint damage through screening measures which may include the following: physical exam, blood tests, x-rays, and MRI scans. Joint surgery is generally postponed until conventional methods of arthritis treatment, such as medication and exercise, are proven ineffective. After setting a surgery date, a doctor will provide access to educational courses which will answer any questions and cover pre-surgery details about transportation, diet, and medication.
The Joint Replacement Procedure
Joint replacement surgery is a relatively low-risk procedure, and working with an experienced orthopedic surgeon can further reduce the risk of complications. Healthy joints consist of a flexible layer of cartilage which prevents friction between bones, but this layer can deteriorate over time, particularly in cases involving osteoarthritis of the knee. Joint replacement surgery effectively removes damaged cartilage and implants an artificial joint made of metal and plastic.
Rehabilitation and Treatment
Although arthroplasty addresses the source of joint pain, recovery is not immediate. A splint may be applied to limit range of motion while the wound heals. A doctor will monitor the recovery process for post-operative complications and prescribe pain management medication as necessary. A physical therapist can expedite the recovery process by helping the patient regain joint function while avoiding injury.
The Total Joint Program here at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is designed to help patients overcome the limitations of severe arthritis and maintain healthy levels of activity throughout the recovery process. To learn more about our knee replacement procedures, consider registering for our free Total Joint Program Education seminar held every Tuesday. Contact our 24-hour Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746 or visit us online for more information.