Arthroplasty is the surgical reconstruction or replacement of a joint. The surgeons of Gadsden Orthopedics recommend arthroplasty when medical treatments no longer effectively relieve joint pain and disability. The procedure helps relieve pain and restores function to the joint after damage by arthritis or some other type of injury.
Arthroplasty involves removing arthritic or damaged surfaces of bone and replacing them with artificial material or an implant called a prosthesis. Arthroplasty can restore pain-free motion and full function in a diseased joint.
Recovery after surgery varies depending on the joint treated, procedure, your general health, age, and other factors. Full recovery will take weeks to months. Ultimately the procedure will help relieve joint pain and allow you to lead a more active life. People who have arthroplasty generally have few limitations or restrictions to everyday activities. In fact, most people enjoy activities they were not able to do before surgery, such as walking and biking.