Can a Joint Surgery Impact Your Work Life?
- Posted on: Jul 9 2019
Whether you love or hate your job, chances are you spend a lot of time at it. In New York and beyond, Americans work hard. In fact, some individuals even consider putting off key joint replacement surgeries for fear of missing time at the office. This can be negative for several reasons. First, it can impact your quality of work if your pain is debilitating enough to affect your skillset. Additionally, putting off a procedure, particularly if your job involves placing weight or pressure on your knees and hips, can make your situation worse and cause a future operation to be more complex in nature.
The good news is that having a joint replacement might actually benefit your work output! In a recent study out of England, researchers studied 86 total hip replacement patients and found that “nearly all of the patients working prior to surgery returned to employment following surgery.” They concluded “that total hip replacement is effective in keeping patients under the age of 60 years employed. It is also effective in allowing those already off work due to hip pain to return to work, although there is a much greater delay.”
Joint Replacement Surgery
So what does this mean for you? If you are experiencing hip pain or issues associated with osteoporosis and other conditions, this might be the perfect opportunity to do something about it. As joint replacements become more popular, more research is being done to perfect them, and I work diligently to stay on top of the latest trends. Today, there are numerous advanced techniques that shorten healing time and use robotic innovations to perform top-of-the-line procedures.
During a hip replacement, we will remove the worn-out femoral ball and replace it with a metal or ceramic smaller ball set on a titanium stem, which is inserted into the shaft of the thigh bone. With this new joint in place, it will articulate with a liner set into a half-dome titanium shell, embedded into the pelvic socket. I think you will be amazed at just how smoothly your new joint operates!
Although this is major surgery, it’s pretty routine, and you can expect quality of care under my hand. The clinical and patient satisfaction success rate of the operation is one of the highest of all surgical procedures, making it a favorite amongst patients and surgeons alike. For me, it is most rewarding to see individuals living life to the max after taking care of chronic hip pain.
With a commitment to physical therapy, you’ll be back on your feet and at your job in just a few weeks. You’ll also have the advantage of getting your procedure before retirement, making your life as a retiree even sweeter when the time comes. If you have any questions about joint replacements, don’t hesitate to reach out!
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