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April 19 , 2017 /

Joint replacement works as last resort

Joint replacement surgery has become fairly common these days, but it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. Luckily, medical advances mean rehab isn’t as hard as it used to be, and patients age 65 and up have a much better chance these days to stay active.

Arthritis affects millions of Americans and it’s not uncommon for people to ignore the symptoms of pain, stiffness, and swelling until the disease progresses and everyday activities like walking and driving become too painful and difficult.

Joint replacement is an elective surgery, but one that has become fairly common. There were over 1 million knee and hip replacements in 2010, according to the CDC. But surgery is not a decision to be taken lightly. It’s one many struggle with on a day-to-day basis as they endure the aches and pains of arthritis and injury.

“Arthritis is not life-threatening or harder to fix if you wait. Joint replacement is actually the last resort,” said Dr. Edward Humbert of the Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida. “First, we try simpler conservative methods: pain medication, steroid injections, assisting devices like canes. There’s really no harm in waiting if non-surgical treatments are working; however, when these options don’t alleviate pain or allow for a normal life then we begin to discuss surgical options.”

Everyone is different and it’s up to the individual to decide when they are ready. Only the patient can decide if their discomfort justifies surgical intervention to improve their quality of life. “I never tell anyone that they need replacement,” Dr. Humbert said. “I present them with different options for relief. They are in charge and decide if surgery is for them.”

For more information

Dr. Edward Humbert is ranked number one in Southwest Florida for volume of total hip and knee replacements performed by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA). The ranking of Florida’s surgeons can be found at Floridahealthfinder.gov. Dr. Humbert provides free monthly seminars on knee and hip replacement. For more information, contact Joint Implant Surgeons of Florida at 337-2003 or frontoffice@jointimplant.com.

This story is provided and presented by our sponsor: Joint Implant Surgeons

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