Many of our clients have participated in the GLA:D program offered at the clinic: Education and Exercises for hip and knee arthritis. Whilst our goal is to avoid joint replacement surgery where possible, some clients will be unable to manage symptoms with exercise and self management tips and require joint replacement surgery. So how do you know if you have reached that point and what questions do you need to ask before proceeding with surgery?
For those clients who have been struggling with hip arthritis symptoms, there may come a time when their sleeping pattern is significantly disrupted, they are unable to manage symptoms with medication, and leisure or work activities become severely impacted. If you are in the private setting there is often discussion with the orthopaedic surgeon as to the benefits and risks associated with surgery, whilst in the public system there is often less opportunity to discuss prosthesis type, the timing of surgery or the surgical approach.
What is the life of the prosthesis? Will I need another joint replacement? The answer to this depends on a number of factors, how you look after your new joint and what are the requirements. There has been significant improvements in types of prosthesis in the last 20 years, they are easier to revise (replace) than previously and also different materials improve the longevity of the prosthesis with higher impact activities. Undertaking exercises for a number of months prior to surgery (pre-habilitation) is more effective in maintaining joint flexibility, improving muscle length and movement symmetry. Connecting with your Physio some months prior to surgery is important as depending on the surgical approach (anterior approach or the more common posterior approach), there will be a different emphasis with exercises.
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