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Arthroplasty or Scope

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Arthroplasty is performed on those suffering from stiffness of the joint and disabling pain. One of the most common joint stiffness conditions is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease resulting in joint destruction, stiffness and pain. Total joint arthroplasty, or a joint replacement, has become the operation of choice for joints with extensive damage caused by osteoarthritis.

Arthroplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia by an orthopedic surgeon. Patients with disabling pain and joint deformity resulting in a lowered quality of life are the best candidates for arthroplasties. Symptoms such as swelling, stiffness, night pain and locking of the joint are common complaints, as well. If the doctor thinks you might be a candidate for arthroplasty, he will assess your level of mobility, general health, the condition of the ligaments and muscles around the joint, your mental out look and social circumstances to help develop the most effective postoperative rehabilitation plan.

Following arthroplasty, you will spend a couple days in the hospital. Pending your accommodations at home, you could be discharged to a rehabilitation facility or to home. Typically, patients have home health therapy for a couple of weeks to restore range of motion and ambulation. Once you are no longer considered “home bound,” you will begin physical therapy in an outpatient setting where the focus will be on gaining range of motion and strength to resume normal daily activities.

If you think you are a candidate for an arthroplasty and would like more information, seek the assistance of one of the physicians within Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute.  If you would like to learn more about what an Orthopaedic Surgeon does, go to

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