Joint Replacement Program for Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Replacement

Joint Replacement Program

For many patients, the pain, swelling, and weakness associated with joint damage can be alleviated through nonsurgical treatments such as medication, corticosteroid injections, or physical therapy. But for some people, the damage caused to the joint by trauma, arthritis, or overuse, means it needs to be replaced. Knee replacement and hip replacement surgery are two of the most commonly performed orthopedic procedures in the United States.

According to estimates presented by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, by 2030, the number of knee replacements and hip replacements in the United States are expected to nearly double, largely due to our extended lifespans and advancements in surgery. Joint replacement surgery is now using prosthetic joint components that have a more customized fit and last longer—as long as 20 years for hip replacements. In addition, the effective outcomes and easier recovery thanks to better anesthetic and pain medications have led to great patient satisfaction, which inspires others to take the plunge.

At Penn Highlands Healthcare, our Joint Replacement Program provides surgery for not just hip replacement and knee replacement, but shoulder replacement as well.

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Why would I Need Joint Replacement Surgery?

When damage to a joint becomes severe enough that it’s limiting your activities and interfering with your quality of life, it may be time to consider surgery. After years of arthritis or overuse, the cartilage in your joints that provides cushioning wears away resulting in bone-on-bone contact. Without a shock absorber in your joint, inflammation, stiffness, and pain will continue to worsen. The joint also may lose stability and become unable to bear weight.

What should I Expect from Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery?

If you are living with pain and limited mobility from a damaged knee, hip, or shoulder, joint replacement surgery will provide better quality of life. We believe that the more you know about what to expect before, during, and after joint replacement surgery, the better your results will be. You’ll be more prepared and feel less anxious about the unknown. That’s why we’ve created the Joint Replacement Journey Program at Penn Highlands Clearfield and the Joint Venture Program at Penn Highlands Elk. They provide a combination of pre-surgical education and exercise, peer support, and supervised rehabilitation and joint replacement recovery.

What will My Recovery from Joint Replacement Be Like?

The Orthopedic Center provides the perfect place for you to recover from hip, knee, shoulder, or other joint replacement surgery. The Orthopedic Center is located on the fifth floor of Penn Highlands DuBois. With specially trained nurses, therapists, and aides in coordination with The Rehabilitation Center, this program offers a specific recovery process designed to get patients back to their active lifestyles as quickly as possible after joint replacement surgery. Find out more about the expertise and services available for patients recovering from joint replacement surgery at The Orthopedic Center.

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