Total joint replacement is usually reserved for patients who have severe arthritic conditions.
Most patients who have artificial hip or knee joints are over 55 years of age, but the operation is being performed in greater numbers on younger patients thanks to new advances in artificial joint technology.
Circumstances vary, but generally patients are considered for total joint replacement if:
- Functional limitations restrict not only work and recreation, but also the ordinary activities of daily living
- Pain is not relieved by more conservative methods of treatment, such as those described above, by the use of a cane, and by restricting activities
- Stiffness in the joint is significant
- X-rays show advanced arthritis or other problems
What is Total Joint Replacement?
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged joint, such as a hip, knee or shoulder, are removed and replaced with a ceramic, metal, and plastic device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to enable the artificial joint to move just like a normal, healthy joint.
Total joint replacements of the hip, knee, and shoulder have been performed since the 1960s. These procedures result in significant restoration of function and reduction of pain in 90% to 95% of patients. Advances in surgical technique and implant design continue to expand the lifespan of these devices.
Outpatient Joint Replacement
Many patients do not like the stress and chaos of the hospital environment. Through a streamlined process that places your patient experience and safety first, we offer outpatient partial knee, total knee, and total hip procedures at Boston Out Patient Surgical Suites (BOSS). Talk with us today to see if you are a candidate for this patient-centered option.