How You Can Have a Faster Recovery After Joint Replacement
A hip replacement has the potential to change your life. The procedure can restore your ability to walk without pain and get back to activities you may avoid because of severe hip osteoarthritis.
As little as 10 years ago, the procedure was rather rigorous, with a long, 10-inch incision, a hospital stay and time at a rehab facility. Now, however, newer, more advanced techniques are changing the patient’s experience of joint replacement surgery.
Now, for example, the incision usually is half as long, using a local anesthetic. Many patients go home the next day after having already taken some steps.
Advances in joint replacement techniques in recent years mirror the evolution of other types of surgery toward more minimally invasive approaches, fewer complications and shorter stays in the hospital. In some cases, joint replacement can even be done as an outpatient procedure.
“This is possible because of advances in surgical techniques, improved pain management and better patient selection,” says orthopaedic surgeon Wael Barsoum, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Florida.