Joint replacement: 7 questions to ask yourself

Ask yourself these questions to determine if you should consider a joint replacement procedure.

Throbbing, stabbing or constantly aching, the pain in a joint can significantly limit physical activity and exact an emotional toll as well.

But for many, living with the pain and limitation is preferred than what they think a joint replacement procedure and recovery will entail.

While the prospect of a prolonged recovery and rehabilitation might once have been the case, today’s joint replacement procedures are designed to get patients up and moving sooner, with less post-operative pain and a quicker return to activity.

Some of the most common questions patients have about joint replacement surgery concerns recovery: How long will it be? Will it be painful?

The reality is that today’s orthopedic procedures and the technology used by McLaren surgeons make the joint replacement recovery process more beneficial to the patient.

Joint replacement surgery is not what it once was.

Should you consider joint replacement?

  • Have you had difficulty sleeping, or has your sleep been disruption by pain?
  • Has a once-routine task become more difficult to perform due to pain?
  • Have you previously tried a non-surgical procedure, but the pain persists?
  • Have you been diagnosed with advanced arthritis or significant joint damage?
  • Has a doctor told you that another non-surgical procedure was unlikely to help?
  • Is your pain not relieved with rest?
  • Is your pain wearing you down physically and emotionally?

If these scenarios are all too familiar to you (or even a loved one), consider the benefits of joint replacement surgery.


Orthopedic surgery at McLaren

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Make an appointment with a McLaren primary care physician to discuss your joint pain and the need for a replacement procedure.

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