Safe Joint Replacement Solutions for Joint Pain
When you’re healthy and moving well, you may not give your joints much thought. Your shoulders and elbows lift and reach, your hips swivel and sway and your knees and ankles carry you up the stairs and down sidewalks.
But when arthritis, injury or another illness or condition affects these important structures, you may find your life limited. The activities you love — from gardening to cradling a child to just getting into a bath or shower — grow difficult.
And while you might have felt you had to put some health concerns on hold for a while, we want you to know we are here to heal and keep you safe whenever you’re ready.
If you’re experiencing joint pain, our orthopedic specialists are here to offer solutions. While they often aim to use conservative treatment first, there are times when partial or full joint replacement represents the best option.
When Joints Break Down
Normally, joints allow you to travel through your day with fluid motion. But wear and tear over years of use, diseases like osteoarthritis or injuries can increase pain, swelling and stiffness.
Your orthopedic specialist may first try conservative treatments. These can include:
- Braces, canes or other aids
- Medications and vitamin supplements
- Physical therapy
From there, your orthopedic specialist might recommend a minimally invasive procedure to realign your joints, fix them in place or reconstruct them.
But sometimes, these measures aren’t enough to get you moving freely again and your physician may recommend joint replacement surgery.
How Joint Replacement Surgery Works
With joint replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon removes a damaged joint and puts in a new one made of plastic, metal or ceramic parts.
AdventHealth North Pinellas is now offering the innovative Mako™ Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery. This advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee, partial knee and total hip replacements are performed, by giving surgeons the ability to plan your procedure ahead of time through a specific 3D model of your hip or knee.
Clinical studies have shown patients who had a partial knee replacement with Mako™ experienced less pain in the days and weeks following surgery than with a conventional knee replacement.
Once you’ve chosen your care plan and arrive to the hospital, you’ll receive medicine so you don’t feel pain. Then, your orthopedic surgeon will replace your painful joint with a new, man-made one through a surgical procedure.
You’ll begin your recovery and rehabilitation and physical therapy at home or in a clinic. Often, physical therapy will begin the day after your operation. Depending on your condition and procedure, you might even move or begin exercising again, with guidance, the same day of your surgery.
How to Know When Joint Replacement is for You
Working closely with your health care team is the best way to know if joint replacement surgery is a solution for your joint pain. To assess your condition, your orthopedic specialist may first recommend a serious of diagnostic tests or procedures to examine your joint health, including:
- Placing an arthroscope — a small, lighted tube — into your joint
- Testing a small sample of your tissue
- Using X-ray or another technique to look at your joints
Your orthopedic specialist is there to answer all your questions about managing your pain and choosing a treatment. If your physician suggests joint replacement, he or she believes this offers you the best chance to reduce your pain and increase your comfort and mobility.
Your medical team will work with you to schedule your surgery. In most cases, there’s no need to delay. In fact, waiting on surgery may prolong your pain and make everyday activities increasingly challenging.
Easing Your Concerns About the Safety of Medical Care
You might feel concerned about coming into the hospital for surgery — and we understand. So, we want you to know your health and safety matter more to us than anything else.
With that in mind, we’ve made some changes to our hospital policies and procedures to keep you safe. You’ll notice them when you come into your physician’s office, undergo diagnostic testing or arrive at the hospital for surgery. These include appropriate protection, safe and separate care, social distancing practices, thorough screening, and visitor limitations.
We’re Here for You When You’re Ready
If you’re experiencing joint pain, it could be time to consider healing. And when you’re ready to trust our leading orthopedic experts, they will be here for you with a compassionate spirit, pioneering surgery options and safe facilities and practices.
Learn more about our Orthopedic Care and how we can help you restore your vibrant, active life please contact Laura Kozenieski, our Orthopedic Nurse Navigator at Call727-942-5074.
AdventHealth North Pinellas Now Offers Virtual Talks
AdventHealth North Pinellas has transitioned its health talks to an online platform. The free health talks will be broadcasted on AdventHealth North Pinellas’ Facebook page. Physicians will speak on a variety of topics, including joint pain and why you shouldn’t delay your care. Registration is recommended.
Upcoming virtual health talks:
- Oh! My Aching Knee – Wednesday, April 21st , 12pm, with David Braun, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon
- Don’t Delay Your Care – Wednesday, May 26th, 12pm, with Michael Longley, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Visit Facebook.com/AdventHealthNorthPinellas.com. To register for this virtual health talk, call 844-504-9378 or visit https://www.adventhealth.com/hospital/adventhealth-north-pinellas/events.