Understanding Joint Replacements
The joints in our bodies are constantly moving and over time, they may suffer from some damage because of a variety of reasons. According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, more than 7 million Americans have had hip or knee replacement surgery because this type of procedure helps resolve health issues associated with the bad joint. Surgery involves removing the damaged bone and replacing it with implants crafted by medical device manufacturers. Procedures involving the hip typically will involve implanting a prosthetic socket in the pelvic bone and replacing the round top of the femur with a prosthetic ball.
What Causes Damage?
Joint damage can happen for a variety of reasons and some may include:
- An accident
- Osteoarthritis – considered the wear-and-tear arthritis. The cartilage that covers the ends of bones that helps them move fluidly becomes worn and damaged.
- Osteonecrosis – a condition where there is inadequate blood flow to the bones in the joints which can result in the bone deforming and collapsing.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – this condition produces inflammation that has the potential for erode bone and cartilage.
These are the common reasons that can lead to hip replacement and they can cause hip pain that is uncomfortable. Some may consider hip replacement surgery if walking becomes problematic, getting up from a seat is difficult, is hard to climb stairs and other persistent conditions exist according to the Mayo Clinic.
When joint damage occurs and daily discomfort is recurring, it’s extremely important to seek medical attention because it can affect mobility. But before a procedure, a patient should conduct some background research of the facility they will be choosing for the operation. This is due to the fact that some healthcare organizations outsource medical devices from overseas where the quality of the implant can be jeopardized. High quality implants can only come from medical device manufacturers based in the United States because they must meet strict guidelines that meet many safety standards.
However, it should be known that this is not medical advice and you should always seek medical attention by your healthcare provider. Only a physician will be able to properly diagnose joint damage and regular check-ups may serve as preventative or detective measures.