TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT
Experts in Joint Replacement Surgery
Cary Orthopaedics offers total joint replacement surgery to replace painful hip, knee or shoulder joints damaged by injury, deformity or degenerative diseases such as arthritis. The goal of our partial and total joint replacement procedures is to restore mobility and quality of life for our patients. Providing years of reliable results, joint replacement also offers additional benefits such as pain-free sleep and increased ability to perform activities of daily living and light exercises without pain.
Joint replacement surgery replaces the worn-out arthritic joint surfaces with artificial joint surfaces that do not sense pressure or pain. Total joint replacement is an elective procedure and should only be performed when you are no longer able to deal with your pain and disability. If your physician has diagnosed you with advanced arthritic changes as demonstrated on x-ray, combined with pain and stiffness in the joint, this surgery may be a good fit for you.
With decades of experience, our joint replacement surgeons are experts who perform hundreds of these procedures each year.
Joint Replacement Recovery
The normal course of healing, rehabilitation and recovery can take between 6-12 months, depending on multiple factors such as age, tissue health, scope of the procedure performed and generally how your body responds to the rehabilitation process.
In most cases, pain relief is excellent, and range of motion returns to functional levels. You should be able to return to light activities such as bowling and golf, even breaststroke swimming. Avoid overhead stroke with swimming, contact sports, repetitive overhead heavy lifting as these types of activity increase the likelihood of your prosthesis loosening.
Prior to surgery, you will be asked to attend a pre-operative Total Joint Class at the Cary Orthopaedics main office. At this class, the following will be reviewed:
- Nature of your specific condition
- Nature of the surgical procedure
- Normal post-operative course
- Do’s and Don’ts before and after surgery
While attending the Total Joint Class, we encourage you to use this opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding your surgery.
Shortly before surgery, you will be required to undergo special tests to ensure that you are medically ready and able to undergo the procedure. These tests will be conducted at the hospital facility at which you will be undergoing surgery.
Since this is considered major orthopaedic surgery and performed due to a seriously progressive arthritic and degenerative condition, your Cary Orthopaedic doctor will carefully explain the joint replacement procedure and help you understand the benefits versus the risks involved.
Total Knee Replacement in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs & Morrisville
The joint replacement surgeons at Cary Ortho will work with you prior to a knee replacement to utilize all non-surgical treatments before deciding if a total knee replacement is the right medical option for you. Total knee replacement surgeries are one of the most successful surgeries in all of medicine; there are hundreds of thousands of knee replacement surgeries performed every year with minimal risks. Typically, patients will be up and walking the day of their surgery and can return home in less than 24 hours after a knee replacement.
Total Hip Replacement in Raleigh and across the Triangle region
If non-surgical treatments are no longer providing relief from hip pain, the hip replacement surgeons at Cary Ortho can help you increase mobility and eliminate pain with a total hip replacement. Patients may be candidates for hip replacement surgery if their hip pain limits daily activities or sleep and when medications, supports or physical therapy do not help.
You may be a candidate for joint replacement, if your condition:
• Causes severe disability and immobility
• Creates difficulty in job performance
• Interferes with your leisure or sporting activities
• Interferes with your walking or in home mobility
• Wakes you at night despite non-surgical treatment such as pain or anti-inflammatory medication
• Fails to be solved by conservative treatment such as analgesia, anti-inflammatories, weight loss, physical therapy and aids like crutches or a cane
Request an Appointment
Our joint replacement specialists provide patient consultations at all of our Triangle locations.
What to Expect From Joint Replacement Surgery
Have more questions about total or partial joint replacement? Dr. Demetri Economedes answers questions about eligibility, procedure options and recovery time.