Baptist Health Madisonville: The Benefits of Joint Replacement
Orthopedic surgeon James Dodds, MD, advises arthritis patients about when to consider joint replacement surgery to relieve pain and improve their quality of life.
Benefits of Joint Replacement Health Talks Transcript
James Dodds, MD, Orthopedic Surgery
Joint replacement surgery is for anybody who has arthritis in a major joint, who has had continued pain, has pain with daily activity and really just has an unsatisfactory quality of life. People who are in need of a joint replacement surgery typically have significant pain with everyday activities.
Karen Geary, Hanson, Kentucky
It just felt like with every move my bones were separating and grinding. I sat in my recliner, and I dreaded getting up to go to the bathroom, to get a bite to eat, or anything.
There are variety of different things that we can do prior to surgery that help in those situations, but at some point, it’s not helpful anymore, and there needs to be another option. Total joint replacement is really pretty amazing. Oftentimes, patients have a complete change in their daily activities. They have a loss of pain that they carry with them all the time, and they have a dramatic change in their quality of life.
Now that I’ve had those surgeries, I can walk like a normal person. I can do things and play with my grandkids, and life is better. I’m glad I did it.