It’s Spring and that is a time to get out there and revive your garden, get back to enjoying the great outdoors and renew your own spirit!
Except for that pesky pain in your hip, or is it your knee? If you have gone from doctor to doctor in all different modalities of medicine. Chiropractor… Physical Therapist… Pain Management… Orthopedist…they may have told you the same thing. You need a joint replacement.
Dr. Marshall P. Allegra performs both partial and total joint replacement surgical procedures for patients from Monmouth County and surrounding areas. In many cases, Dr. Allegra can perform total joint replacement surgery in an outpatient setting, or same day surgery in a hospital or surgical center.
Partial and total joint reconstructive surgery procedures can relieve severe pain and loss of motion in joints that do not respond to more conservative treatment. Replacement surgeries are most usually performed on the hip, shoulder, or knee. Prosthetic replacement joints are made of durable materials designed to fit together smoothly and move like regular joints.
Ninety percent of people who go through hip or knee replacement have osteoarthritis. Other possible issues leading to hip replacement surgery may be to correct problems related to broken bones or other medical conditions, such as osteonecrosis.
On one hand, you are lucky to be a candidate for total replacement. Not everyone is. You have no contraindications that would suggest potential risks outweighing the benefits of surgery. If you have an infection in the bone, severe osteoarthritis which makes for brittle bones, cannot handle follow up surgical instructions, or use tobacco in any form may make you ineligible.
Some of the indications that replacement surgery may be your future:
- When the pain interferes with your daily life
- Difficulty walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of chairs
- Pain is moderate to severe even while at rest.
- Range of motion during normal activities is limited.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), physical therapy, steroid injections don’t adequately relieve pain
- Need the use of a cane or walker.
Dr. Marshall Allegra performs both partial and total joint replacement surgical procedures for patients from Monmouth County and surrounding areas. Partial joint replacement surgeries are minimally invasive procedures, most commonly performed on weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips. Hip replacement surgery can be performed traditionally or by using what is considered a minimally invasive technique. The main difference between the two procedures is the size of the incision.
In many cases, Dr. Allegra is even performing total joint replacement surgery in an outpatient setting, or same day surgery in a hospital or surgical center. Overall stay in the hospital, if necessary, is reduced to one to two days for most patients rather than the typical four to six days. Speak to Dr. Allegra about whether your individual needs qualify for this. How and where you recover depends on you, and your personal health issues.
Not sure if you are a candidate for joint replacement? Dr. Marshall P. Allegra is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Monmouth County for over 25 years. As an experienced diagnostician, Dr. Allegra can expertly determine your bone health, injuries, and then determine the best treatment options to boost your normal life, restore functionality and range of motion as quickly as possible and avoid long term implications.