Millions of us struggle with pain and loss of motion because of joint damage caused by arthritis. If other treatments fail to offer relief, you may wonder about turning in your worn-out joints for new ones.
Although surgery may not be a first treatment option, total joint replacement or arthroplasty, can offer relief from pain in normal daily activities. Joint replacement, a surgical procedure to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint (called a prosthesis), may be considered after other treatment options have failed to provide adequate relief from pain and/or disability.
Martha Freeland, of Fond du Lac, is now enjoying an active quality of life thanks to knee replacement surgery with Alan Roetker, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with the Agnesian Center for Bone & Joint Health.
Freeland remembers her pain struggles well.
“It got to the point where I couldn’t even get in and out of the car without pain,” Freeland explains. “While I’m not an athlete, I do like to stay active. My knee pain had gotten to the point where I was avoiding activities because they were too painful.”
“Martha wasn’t a unique case,” says Dr. Roetker. “Many people suffer from post-traumatic degenerative joint disease. Our joints sometimes just wear out.”
When Freeland decided surgery was the best option, she chose Agnesian HealthCare and enjoyed the many benefits of private patient rooms at St. Agnes Hospital.
“Now after three months of rehab, I am happy to say I am pain free and enjoying the activities that I love. I can even get in and out of the sports car with ease. I am able to walk, do water aerobics, and I am active enough that I have hit my weight loss goals.”
More than 230,000 primary total hip replacements and more than 540,000 total knee replacements are performed in the United States annually.
“Total knee replacement is a great option for the right candidates and can give patients their lives back,” according to Dr. Roetker. “Most of our patients, as with Martha, are pleased with the results and wish they had the procedure sooner.”
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