Joint Replacement Specialist

Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC

Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Saint Clair Shores, Shelby Township & Romeo, MI

Joint replacement surgeries like hip and knee replacements are one of the most common elective procedures performed in the United States. Joint replacement is an effective procedure for patients suffering from ongoing pain, limited mobility, and a reduced quality of life. Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC in St. Clair Shores and Shelby Township, Michigan, has a team of expert orthopedic surgeons who can help repair or replace a damaged joint that’s causing you discomfort. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for joint replacement surgery, call or use the online scheduling tool to book a consultation today.

Joint Replacement Q & A

What is a joint replacement?

Joint replacement is a surgical procedure that repairs joint damage from arthritis or other diseases by replacing the damaged joint with a man-made prosthetic device.

Two common types of joint surgery are hip and knee replacements, although performing the surgery on any joint, including your ankle, wrist, and shoulder, is possible.

Who needs a joint replacement?

The team at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC exhausts all noninvasive options before suggesting a surgical procedure. 

If you’re not responding to treatments like oral medication and physical therapy, joint replacement can help relieve your pain and restore a fuller range of movement. 

You may be a good candidate for joint replacement surgery if you’re experiencing:

  • Severe joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Limping
  • Lack of motion
  • Swelling

If these symptoms are so severe that they’re affecting your ability to do everyday tasks, talk to the team at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC and learn more about whether you’re a good candidate for joint replacement surgery. 

What happens during joint replacement surgery?

During surgery, your surgeon at Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC removes the damaged parts of your joint and replaces them with a prosthetic device made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. 

The prosthetic imitates the shape and function of your natural joint and allows you to regain movement. 

How long does it take to recover from joint replacement surgery?

After surgery, you’re encouraged to use your new joint as soon as possible. This may be difficult during the recovery process, but over time, it’ll get easier. 

To help speed up your recovery, your Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC provider may suggest:

Physical therapy

Working with a professional physical therapist to get used to and strengthen your new joint can help you regain full mobility quicker. Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC has a team of in-house licensed physical therapists that can work with you.

Exercises at home

To ensure a safe and speedy recovery, your surgeon may show you simple exercises that you can do at home.

Special diet

Be sure to get plenty of protein, fiber, and iron as a nutrient-rich diet plays a key role in your recovery.

Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC can also help coordinate at-home care for patients who live alone and need help with exercises or other household tasks during their recovery period.

To learn more about whether you're a candidate for joint replacement surgery, call Associated Orthopedists of Detroit PC or use the online scheduling tool to book a consultation today.