Don’t Postpone an Evaluation for Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery

Don't Postpone an Evaluation for Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery

Fear of Complications

Prior to any type of surgery, most patients will have some concerns about complications. Worrying about the possibility of risks while enduring pain can cause conflicting feelings about surgery. These concerns are common, but they should not be a reason to avoid an evaluation to determine whether a safe, effective procedure can prevent further damage and relieve chronic pain immediately and permanently. Knee and hip replacement surgeries are done with advanced surgical techniques and equipment. The surgeons at St Pete Hip and Knee in St Petersburg, Florida, are quite adept with new medical technology and minimally invasive procedures. They perform tests and evaluations to determine the right treatment for each patient. With expert skill, training and experience, they can minimize, if not eliminate, the risks involved with joint surgery.

Cost Issues

Along with complications, cost is another factor that discourages patients from considering knee or hip replacement surgery. Luckily, out-of-pocket costs for both insured and uninsured patients are substantially lower than before. Joint replacement surgery is covered by most insurance plans when recommended by an orthopedic specialist. To the uninsured, the market for this type of surgery is quite competitive, allowing affordable pricing options.

Proactive Approach

Instead of procrastinating while worrying about the complications and costs involved, it is better to take a proactive approach and get answers to your questions. Knee surgery is usually recommended for people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, limb length discrepancy, Osgood-Schlatter disease, tears, injuries, and deformities. Where pain, stiffness and bone damage are imminent, a delay will only increase the risk of damage to the joints. Suffering from a worsening condition unnecessarily diminishes quality of life.

The Benefits of Joint Replacement Surgery

In addition to providing pain relief, hip or knee replacement surgeries eliminate the complications that could result from prolonged use of synthetic medications. If you have osteoarthritis or Ankylosing spondylitis, you are most likely prescribed high doses of pain reliever or anti-inflammatory drugs. When taken long term, they can cause serious damage to the kidneys and liver. With surgery, use of these drugs can be eliminated. Joint replacement surgery is a repair that can last for a decade or a lifetime, which means freedom from pain and the side effects of medications.

The Right Time to Do It

When is the right time to have a knee or hip replacement surgery? For the best answer to this question, ask an orthopedic expert. St Pete Hip and Knee in St Petersburg, Florida, is a good place to start your return to an active life. With the availability of minimally invasive surgery and quality post-operative care, why wait when you can make an appointment today? Call St Pete Hip and Knee or fill out the online form. This could be the appointment that will change your life.

Kurt Hirshorn MD of St Pete Hip and Knee guarantees expertise and compassion when caring for his patients, and ensures a good hospital stay. Schedule an appointment today or call us at (727) 755-0313.

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St Petersburg, FL 33703, USA
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