Most Common Joint Replacement Surgery Myths and Facts

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What is Joint replacement surgery

Our joints play a vital role in balancing our body weight. Many people suffer from arthritis and bone ailment issues today because of living an unhealthy lifestyle. People suffer from severe joint pain because of joint injury or severe joint pain. Joint replacement surgery is a surgical procedure in which an orthopaedic surgeon removes and replaces your injured or damaged joint with a new artificial joint. Replacing your damaged joint part with an artificial joint can make you feel relief from joint pain.

The benefits of Joint replacement surgery

The following are the benefits of joint replacement surgery to the patients

  • Eliminate or reduce the pain of joint
  • Maintain or restore joint motion
  • Reduce the risk of chronic health issues
  • It increases mobility.
  • Improve overall joint functions

However, there are several myths about joint replacement surgery, and that is as follows.

Myth & facts about joint replacement surgery-If

  • Myth:I will not be able to bend my joint after the surgery

  • Fact:Not just after the surgery, but yes, after the physical therapy and exercise, you can bend your joint very easily. There will be no problem with the movement of bones.


  • Myth:Joint replacement can cause many side effects to me.

  • Fact: No, it is not true. The artificial part used in joint replacement surgery comprises a unique metal compatible with your body and does not cause any severe side effects.


  • Myth:I will be laid up for months after the surgery

  • Fact: No, it is not true. Your physical therapist will make you walk within the two days of surgery. Regular activity can help you to rebuild the muscle and reduce the risk of blood clotting.


  • Myth:I am too young for joint replacement surgery

  • Fact: The myth is entirely false; a person can go for joint replacement surgery (if required) at any stage of life.


  • Myth:I will have too much pain during the joint replacement surgery

  • Fact: Without pain, surgery is now possible with the latest technology. Your orthopaedic surgeon ensures that you do not feel any pain during surgery.


  • Myth:The artificial part will wear out in 7-10 years

  • Fact: No, the artificial part will not wear out in 7-10 years. The artificial joint loses from bone over 15-20 years.


  • Myth: I am too old for the joint replacement surgery

  • Fact: Your age doesn't matter for joint replacement surgery; if your body is fit for the surgery, you can go for joint replacement surgery at any stage of your life.


  • Myth:Joint replacement surgery is the only option to cure any joint injury.

  • Fact: No, there are many other non-surgical procedures to cure the joint injury. If your orthopaedic doctor suggests, then only joint replacement surgery is necessary.


  • Myth: I should continue with medication and avoid joint replacement surgery

  • Fact: medication can give you temporary relief from the pain, but only the surgical procedure can help you have advanced arthritis.


  • Myth:Regular physiotherapy by a physical therapist is compulsory after the surgery

  • Fact: No, you need not go to a physiotherapist for physiotherapy. Your orthopaedic surgeon will train you for the exercises that you can perform on your own.


  • Myth:Joint replacement surgery is just the same as kidney or liver replacement. Doctors will replace my injured joint with the new one.

  • Fact:the myth is entirely false. In the joint replacement surgery, the orthopaedic surgeon will replace the injured joint part with an artificial part.


  • Myth:The hospital stay will be of one week or more

  • Fact: in most cases of joint replacement surgery, the patient is discharged from the hospital within 2 days after the surgery.