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Arthroplasty: Prognosis and Risks

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:35 PM

Rheumatoid arthritis is a common joint problem causing knee or other joint pain, more frequently in women. Diseased joints or other deformed joint diseases are usually treated by arthroplasty, the surgical treatment involving either total knee or any other joint replacement. It may even remodel the dysfunctional joint and help recovery from pain. The treatment of an affected knee or other painful joint including the shoulder, hip, or ankle can help relieve pain. Arthroscopy is another surgical treatment for deformed joints that uses an instrument called an arthroscope. This instrument is inserted to the deformed tissue to examine and repair a damaged joint. Many joint replacements including total knee replacement using arthroplasty show good recovery from pain in patients. However, there are many risks associated with the procedure. The next section will discuss the recovery, pain relief, and prognosis as well as the risks involved in arthroplasty. Let us first examine arthroscopy or the treatment of damaged joints using an arthroscope.

An Overview of Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a medical procedure for treating joint deformation using an arthroscope. This instrument is inserted into the joint tissue for examining and repairing the affected joint. Treatments using arthroscopy effectively treat many painful conditions including torn surface cartilage, ACL reconstruction, and torn floating cartilage. The procedure provides speedy recovery from pain. Arthroplasty or treatment of damaged joint via total joint replacement is conducted for recovery from total damage to knee, hip and shoulder joints.

An Overview on Arthroplasty
In arthroplasty, there is either reconstruction or total replacement of the diseased joint. Usually, damaged hip and knee joints are treated by this method. Recovery following arthroplasty takes longer than recovery following arthroscopy and may involve a greater risk of pain due to the larger incision. However, there are several significant benefits of arthroplasty or the total knee, hip, or any other joint replacement over arthroscopy.

Prognosis of Arthroplasty: Chances of Recovery

A popular treatment procedure for many joint diseases, this is one of the advanced processes for treating damaged knees, hips, and shoulder joints, reducing pain with the patients showing good recovery, which reduces pain after treatment. Apart from reducing pain, recovery from arthroplasty also involves restoring functions of the deformed joint. Though recovery of patients undergoing this treatment may require a postsurgery hospital stay of a maximum of 14 days and more time may be needed for rehabilitation, which may take months, quick recovery is observed in the knee, shoulder, hip, or any other deformed joint after the operation. However, this depends on strictly following the rehabilitation program.
Risks Involved in Arthroplasty

Though there is a good recovery seen following arthroplasty, there are certain risks involved in this total joint replacement therapy. Among the most important risks or complications involved in arthroplasty, nerve injury and fractures are key. There are chances of risks such as fractures caused during the surgery, which range from 0.1 to 1 percent in cemented objects and 3 to 18 percent in uncemented objects. The risks involving nerve injury in arthroplasty range from zero to 3 percent. There are greater risks of injury to the sciatic nerve.
Though these are the some of the known risks and complications that might be associated with total knee or any other joint replacement, risks are greater for patients with previous surgeries, obese persons, and females.

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A treatment for correcting a deformed joint by surgery is termed arthroplasty. Patients suffering from diseased joints such as a problematic knee joint undergo it. Though arthroplasty may or may not treat the joint disease, it can reduce pain.
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