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About CARE Hospitals

With 14 hospitals spread across 6 cities, CARE Hospitals is a regional leader in tertiary care. It is ranked among the top 5 pan-Indian hospital chains and is driven by the core principle ‘to provide care that people trust’ through cost-effective medical care in more than 30 specialties.

Understanding Joint Replacement

Joint replacement surgery is usually recommended to patients who suffer from joint disease and have exhausted all other non-surgical treatment options. Joint replacement surgery typically involves diseases such as arthritis that wears away the cartilages on both sides of the joints. During surgery, these cartilages are removed, and prosthetic joints are put in place. These joints move and feel like natural bone joints but may take some time to get used to, following the surgery.

Joint Problems – Causes

The most common causes for joint problems leading to wearing out of joints are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Any form of arthritis may lead to weakening of joints. While the exact cause of autoimmune diseases is not known, some factors precipitate joint problems. These include –

  • Genetics
  • Bone developmental problems
  • Conditions affecting the cartilage
  • Sports injuries that haven't healed properly
  • Accidents or trauma

Need for Joint Replacement Surgery

You doctor will deem you fit for joint replacement only when all other medicines and therapies have been tried and failed to alleviate the problem. Then comes in the process of determining the proper prosthetic joint that will be best suited to your needs. The surgery will then be scheduled. Do speak to the doctors at CARE Hospitals to find answers to all your questions.

Joint Replacement Surgery Types

Hip Replacement – Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which a hip joint is removed and replaced with an artificial hip joint that is made up of plastic or metal.

Knee Replacement – Apart from hip replacement, knee replacement is another common joint replacement surgery. Like the hip joint, the knee joint is important for mobility. Knee replacement helps with daily activities such as walking and climbing stairs.

Shoulder Replacement – Shoulder replacement is a procedure in which the glenohumeral joint is replaced by a prosthetic joint.

Benefits of Joint Replacement Surgery

The two most important benefits of a joint replacement surgery are – increased mobility and pain relief. Most patients can get back to a near-normal, active lifestyle but may have to adhere to certain restrictions.

Post-Surgery Care

Post-surgical care for joint replacement surgery is similar to that of any major surgery. CARE Hospitals provide excellent round-the-clock monitoring of post op patients. Soon after, movement of the replaced joint will be introduced with support such as a walker or crutches. Exercise and rehabilitation care start about 6 to 10 weeks after the surgery and will continue long term. During the recovery phase, the dos and don'ts prescribed by the doctors at CARE Hospital must be adhered to.

Living with Joint Replacement

Joint replacement surgery must be undertaken by experienced doctors. The panel of doctors at the CARE Hospitals are experts with several successful surgeries under their belt. Better technology, superior prosthetics, and expertise in skills have increased the longevity of replaced joints. Most patients who have undergone surgery live a comfortable and active life for 10 to 20 years without the need for further intervention or treatment.

Why CARE Hospitals?

CARE Hospitals is recognized as the most advanced, all-round health care center in the country, powered by cross-functional teams comprising of surgeons, critical care and emergency medicine specialists. The founding team of CARE Hospitals comprises of medical innovators and pioneers who are passionately driven to make healthcare affordable for all, while ensuring clinical outcomes at par with international standards.

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