HEADLINE: WHEN TO REPLACE?
ANCHOR LEAD: WHEN SHOULD YOU ELECT TO HAVE A JOINT REPLACED? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Many more joint replacements surgeries are taking place today than ever before, in younger and younger patients. But Tariq Nayfeh, an orthopedic surgeon and joint replacement expert at Johns Hopkins, says patients need to be realistic in their expectations, with the best predictor of satisfaction how much pain the joint is causing prior to surgery.
NAYFEH: Joint replacements are pain relieving surgeries, so we base our decision mostly on the degree of pain. The more severe your pain is before the surgery, typically the better you do afterwards. So individuals who don’t have much pain before surgery typically have longer recovery and they typically aren’t as happy afterwards. So our recommendations are typically the more pain you in, the better. :22
Nayfeh says most people should not expect to return to running or other high impact aerobic exercise once they’ve had surgery. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.