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Is a formal physical therapy program necessary after total shoulder arthroplasty for osteoarthritis?
Joint modification: An arthroplasty is usually a replacement of a joint with metal and plastic. The most common arthroplasties are hip and knee replacements. In the thumb, the arthritic joint is usually replaced with soft tissue. There are replacements for most joints when they wear out. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Orthopaedic surgeons: Arthroplasty surgery refers to replacement of a joint, typically performed by orthopedic surgeons. Arthroplasty surgery is available for most joints in the human body - including shoulder, hip, knee, elbow, wrist, fingers, ankles, toes, and even in the spine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A disc replacement: Certain individuals with lumbar or cervical disc disease can qualify for a disc replacement. Somewhat similar to hip and knee replacements done today. The purpose of this procedure is to maintain motion at the level with the disc pathology. This helps to prevent further degeneration of the disc that are adjacent to the level operated on in the future. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are potential complications after arthroplasty? What complications should I be aware of before agreeing to have arthroplasty?
Complications: Most common are wound problems, infection, clot formtion, hematoma, stiffness, loosening of components, patellar pain or maltracking, misalignment and sometimes fracture. The surgeon takes all precautions against such complications and they are rare & treatable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pro-: Joint replacement or arthroplasty, when performed correctly with the proper indications, is a true success story in that it can return patients to many of their previous activities. There are some risks which should be reviewed with your board-certified orthopaedic surgeon prior to proceeding with the surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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