The decision to have joint replacement surgery should be a cooperative one between you, your family, your family physician, and your orthopaedic surgeon. There are several reasons why your doctor may recommend joint replacement surgery. People who benefit from surgery often have:
-Severe joint pain that interferes with everyday activities, such as walking, running, reaching into a cabinet, dressing, toileting, washing or being limited in sports activities.
-Moderate to severe pain while resting. This pain may be severe enough to prevent a good night’s sleep.
-Loss of range of motion of the joint and/or weakness in movement.
-Failure to substantially improve with other treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, injections, physical therapy or perhaps arthroscopical treatment.