Joint replacement surgery involves removal of damaged joint surface and replacing with metallic implants. The surgery is a major surgery which may make the patient anxious and various doubts arise in their minds. The fear of surgery and various questions like ‘what if’ can lead to delay of joint replacement surgery.Timely performed knee replacement surgery is very rewarding and satisfying for the patient. There are various drawbacks in delaying your joint replacement surgeries.
Worsening of your Joint
The wear and tear of the joint progress to advanced stages and increase in deformity. In knees there can be increase in bowing of the legs and in hips there can be increased in shortening of the affected leg. This may result in difficult surgery requiring specialised implants.
Decrease in Muscle Strength
As joint damage increases, the pain increases and the movement is decreased. As a result, the muscles becomes weak and increases post surgery recovery time.
Affect on other Joints
The function of the affected joint decreases. As a result, the other joints of the body have to work more which increases stress and can lead to damage of joints.
General Medical Health
Due to decreased movements, patients may develop increase medical problems. Weight increases, heart and lung complications may increase and stamina decreases.
Increased requirement of Pain Killers
With increasing joint damage, requirement for pain Killers increase which may result in increase in complications from long term use of pain killers.