Who Is Eligible for a Joint Replacement Surgery?

At Scott & White, our focus is management of your arthritis in its early stages to avoid or delay total joint replacement. But sometimes joint replacement surgery is the best option when your non-surgical options fail and your pain continues to prevent you from completing normal daily activities.

Non-surgical options to help manage your arthritis include:

  • Pain medication
  • Cortisone injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Weight loss
  • Mobility aids, such as canes and walkers
  • Activity modification

Most total joint replacement patients are 50 to 80 years old. While younger patients may be candidates for total joint replacement, they tend to put extra strain on the artificial joint, causing it to wear out early.

Some patients are not good candidates for joint replacement surgery. These problems may interfere with a successful joint replacement surgery:

  • Morbid obesity (weighing more than 300 pounds)
  • Weak quadriceps (the muscles in the front of your thighs), making it difficult to walk
  • Unhealthy skin around your thigh or knee
  • Poor blood flow in the leg from peripheral vascular disease
  • Clotting diseases or infections
  • Heart, kidney or lung problems
  • Terminal diseases, such as cancer, that have spread

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