Joint Replacement Surgery & Recovery Close to Home
By Kingman Regional Medical Center Staff
Most people are familiar with joint replacement surgery – a procedure which removes damaged parts of a joint and replaces them with new, man-made parts. In fact, many people find themselves considering joint replacement as they age. The procedure can help relieve pain and improve mobility.
The impact of regular life and sports activity can take a toll on your joints, including hips and knees – which are the most commonly replaced joints.
Arthritis and previous injuries such as fractures or ligament tears may also contribute to the need for a joint replacement.
If you suffer from joint pain that limits your movement, and if it hasn’t responded to other non-surgical treatments, you may be a candidate for joint replacement. Joint replacement surgery can improve your quality of life and help you get back to the activities you enjoy.
Facts to Consider About Joint Replacement Surgery
The National Institutes of Health provides these facts about joint replacement surgery:
• Joint replacement surgery involves the removal of parts of a joint damaged by injury or disease. Your surgeon then replaces these parts with a new, man-made joint (prostheses).
• The goals of joint replacement surgery include pain relief, better joint function, and improved walking and other movements.
• Risks of complications after joint replacement surgery are much lower than they used to be.
• An exercise program can reduce joint pain and stiffness after joint replacement surgery.
• Wearing away of the prostheses may become a problem after 15 to 20 years.
Exceptional Orthopedic Care at KRMC
If you live in northwest Arizona and are considering a joint replacement, it’s important to know that you have a choice to stay close to home for the surgery and the subsequent therapy needed for a full recovery.
Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) features a team of highly-experienced orthopedic specialists who are skilled in advanced joint replacement procedures. Our team at Kingman Orthopedics includes three board-certified orthopedic surgeons and a physician assistant trained in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. These medical professionals are renowned for their technical excellence and innovative capabilities. Our providers collaborate as a team to thoroughly evaluate each patient and consider all treatment options.
Our orthopedic team also works closely with other healthcare professionals at KRMC, such as our Mayo-trained radiology group, pain management specialists, and rehabilitation medicine providers to address your specific needs for treatment and recovery.
With our team approach, Kingman Orthopedics provides one-stop care close to home as opposed to many separate evaluations, interpretations, and plans for treatment and recovery. Our Orthopedic services are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid (AHCCCS), and Worker’s Compensation.
Kingman Orthopedics will partner with KRMC’s acclaimed rehabilitation and therapy providers, creating a care plan to support healing and facilitate mobility with your new joint. This usually involves physical therapy and rehabilitation in the days and weeks following your surgery
As the region’s leading provider of physical and rehabilitation therapy services, KRMC provides seamless care to assure functionality with your new joint. Our modern facilities are equipped with advanced therapeutic technologies and staffed by licensed physical and occupational therapists skilled in evidence-based therapeutic care.
KRMC’s local rehabilitation services are especially important for people recovering from joint replacement surgery— it’s more cost effective and easier on them and their loved ones to stay close to home.
For more information about KRMC’s joint replacement expertise and capabilities, please contact Kingman Orthopedics at 928-681-8693 or visit our web page listed under “Services” at www. azkrmc.com