The timing of your joint replacement
- Posted on: Sep 1 2018
With all the individuals that I see in the New York area, it could be easy to begin thinking of them simply as numbers. But I don’t. Instead, I think of them as people with lives to live, and I want to help them make the most of the experiences they have. I often chat with my patients about their hobbies, interests, and families. If they are needing a joint replacement, they are often being kept from enjoying these areas of life due to chronic pain and trouble moving around. Sometimes they are worried that having a partial or total replacement will further prevent them from the activities that they love. If this concern comes up in a consultation, I’m always excited to explain how they have options and what that can mean for the timing of a surgery.
It’s true that recovery from a joint replacement takes time, patience, and physical therapy, but it’s also true that we can be flexible and perform procedures around your schedule for convenience.
- Perhaps you have a wedding that you want to be able to walk down the aisle during. We can make it so that you will be fully healed and mobile in time for the ceremony.
- Maybe you are planning a trip to see an event that only takes place once every few years. Despite your aches and pains, we might decide that it’s best for you to travel first and have a procedure done after you return and can relax in peace.
- I recently read an article about a Maine man who is an avid hunter. He knew he needed joint replacements, but he was worried about missing his beloved outdoor activity. With help from his medical team and physical therapist, he was able to get out for opening day with two new and functioning in knees.
Whether you are delaying a replacement or going under the knife sooner than expected, the bottom line is that, in many cases, we are able to adjust your surgery around various aspects of your life so that you have time to prepare and properly recover for the journey that lies ahead.
Your situation is unique, and your surgical schedule should be tailored to suit your needs.
Regardless of when you decide to have a surgery done, you have several great options for procedures under my direction. This might mean anything from a robotic-assisted replacement that minimizes scarring and increases the likelihood of a successful result to a partial replacement to repair damaged parts. In all scenarios, we will work hard to make sure that you retain as much natural cartilage and muscle as possible. After surgery is complete, you can begin the healing process and be on your way to a more mobile and comfortable life. And that is something I cannot wait for you to experience for yourself!
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