If you’re suffering from joint pain, you’re not alone. According to the CDC, more than 54 million Americans experience some form of joint pain caused by arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common form. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage of the joint wears down, and the protective fluid and cartilage lose their shock-absorbing abilities, often resulting in bones rubbing against each other.
When standard osteoarthritis treatments including anti-inflammatory medications and an exercise and weight loss program fail to relieve pain, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend a surgical procedure as the next step in repairing a badly damaged joint.
More and more patients want to return to normal activity levels post-operatively, but often patients continue to experience pain and discomfort following traditional shoulder, knee and toe surgery. For example, research suggests that up to one-third of those who undergo traditional total knee and total shoulder replacements continue to experience chronic pain and reduced mobility, while 1 in 5 are dissatisfied with the results. Now, there are other options available, such as joint preservation implant systems.
Joint preservation surgery and implants provide a minimally invasive alternative with quick recovery times, increased range of motion, reduced hospital stays and little to no activity restrictions. During this type of procedure, bone is preserved while the joint surface (damaged area) is replaced to restore native anatomy. These anatomic implants are available for the shoulder, knee, wrist, and toe. In addition to the benefits listed above, joint preservation also offers shorter operative time, a lower risk of periprosthetic fracture and bone and motion preservation.
These days aging, active populations are favoring joint preservation over traditional total joint replacement, especially as fitness and an active way of life have become more of a priority. As you prepare for your surgery, here are some tips to keep in mind as you get ready for your procedure and rehab: