Baptist Health Hardin: Joint Replacement Surgery
A joint replacement procedure is an option for patients with severe arthritis. Learn more about the benefits of joint replacement surgery from Baptist Health.
Joint Replacement Surgery HealthTalks Transcript
Marcis Craig, MD, Orthopedics:
The patients who benefit from hip and knee replacement are people who have arthritis — people whose lives are being affected by arthritis. They’re having pain and an inability to get around and do the things they enjoy. When we see them, we get X-rays. We try different treatments with them, and those whose arthritis is very bad, we talk to them about joint replacement.
After surgery, you’ll hear a lot of different responses from people after they have their joint replaced. Common ones include, “I wish I had done this sooner.” Some people will say that the therapy wasn’t nearly as rough as they thought it would be. We do our best to help keep their pain at a minimum and to keep their therapy as active as we can.
Every patient after joint replacement is different, we customize their therapy. Our goals are to get them active, get their range of motion back, and to get people back to the things they like doing. Whether that’s with their grandkids, out in the yard, or back to work. The purpose of joint replacement is to get people back to doing the things they love to do.
We’re lucky in Elizabethtown to have a great orthopedic team. We have doctors with experience. We have a hospital that has been doing joint care for over 20 years. It’s nice for people to be able to have their surgery close to home, where they can have family help take care of them.
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