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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about living with joint pain, having joint replacement, or maintaining joint health? Here are some of the most common answered by the specialists of the Joint Replacement Center. To learn more about joint conditions, treatment and joint replacement, register for our monthly Joint Replacement Informational Session by calling 843.522.5585.

Why am I having joint pain?

Joint pain is something most people face. What’s uncommon is pain that affects daily activities and limits quality of life. Learn more about common joint pain questions or schedule an appointment to see an orthopaedic specialist to get to the source of joint pain.

Can I put off having joint replacement surgery?

Conservative treatments can ward off joint pain for months or years. Other times, the pain worsens and infringes on your daily activities. Ask yourself questions about your physical ability to help guide your decision: Does pain limit your ability to walk or get around? Has pain lasted longer than six months? Have other treatments failed to relieve pain? Does pain affect how you live? Keep you from things you enjoy? Affect your mood? Always keep an open dialog with your orthopaedic specialist about your pain.

If I have joint replacement, what can I expect?

About 90 percent of patients gain pain relief and improved mobility. Beaufort Memorial’s Joint Replacement Center is based on a wellness model that utilizes minimally invasive surgery to lower complication rates. A two-day hospital stay with group therapy usually speeds recovery and reduces pain. Outpatient rehabilitation services help maximize long-term recovery and mobility.

Are arthroscopy and joint replacement the same thing?

Yes and no. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that can be used to replace a knee, hip or shoulder. The minimally approach, preferred for its many benefits, isn’t always the right procedure for every patient. Some situations and scenarios demand traditional replacement surgery. Learn more about joint replacement surgery and the Joint Replacement Center.

Do orthopaedic surgeons always recommend surgery?

Absolutely not. Sometimes conservative treatments such as exercise, injections and physical therapy can control or even eliminate pain. Surgical treatment is only considered when other treatments fail to provide relief.

How long does it really take to recover from joint replacement?

Generally, surgical recovery happens quickly — a two-day hospital stay followed by several weeks of limited activities and a carefully developed plan of rehabilitative therapy. For many patients, soft tissue and bone healing occurs within about 12 weeks, and they continue to regain muscle strength, endurance, coordination and balance one year after joint replacement. Every patient’s experience, pain threshold and dedication to rehabilitation are different and greatly affect the outcome of joint replacement.

Other questions? Email Andrea Sadler, Orthopaedic Care Coordinator at the Joint Replacement Center, or call 843.522.7435. Or, learn more about joint health and treatment at our monthly Joint Replacement Informational Session. Call 843.522.5585 for details.

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