Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics
Mercer-Bucks Orthopedics

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About Joint Replacement

When you have damaged joint components, joint replacement from the highly experienced surgeons at Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics can restore your range-of-motion and reduce your pain. In many cases, joint replacement is a same-day procedure. To make an appointment for a joint replacement consultation in Hamilton, Lawrenceville, Princeton, and Marlton, New Jersey, or Langhorne, Pennsylvania, call the nearest office or book online today.

Joint Replacement Q & A

What is joint replacement?

Joint replacements surgically replace damaged joint components with artificial implants. Once in place, these synthetic components function like your natural joint. You get relief from pain and movement limitations. 

At Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics (MBO), the team commonly restore the:

  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder 
  • Ankle

Joint replacement is an answer to arthritic conditions or injury. 

Joint replacement may replace the entire joint or just the damaged or diseased parts. During your consultation and evaluation, your surgeon will help you understand what to expect during your procedure.

Am I a good candidate for joint replacement?

Joint replacement can be a good option when more conservative treatments have been unsuccessful in getting you relief. Your doctor may suggest joint replacement if you have pain that persists even after treatments like physical therapy, joint injections, and medication. 

Joint stiffness and limited mobility that prevents you from completing normal daily tasks are other reasons to undergo joint replacement surgery. 

How is joint replacement completed?

MBO works in conjunction with Mercer County Surgery Center, the premier center for same-day joint replacement surgery in New Jersey (named #1 surgery center in NJ in 2020). You can safely undergo joint replacement in an outpatient setting — meaning you go home the same day as your procedure to recover. 

At this state-of-the-art surgical center, your surgeon removes diseased or damaged parts of your joint and replaces them with synthetic parts. 

What is recovery from joint replacement like?

Recovery depends on the joint replaced and your overall health. Expect to need help doing basic daily chores like cooking and laundry for several days. If you have a hip or knee replaced, you’ll also need help getting around. Also, expect to have limitations on driving. 

It’s normal to feel some pain after joint replacement. You’ll need time to recover from your surgery and should avoid physical activity. Your surgeon provides physical therapy and home exercise programs to help you restore function and build the strength necessary to support your new joint. 

You’ll be given instructions on keeping your incisions clean and on how to manage your pain. The office schedules regular follow-up visits to monitor your healing and advise you on when you can return to full function. 

If you have joint pain, explore whether you are a candidate for joint replacement surgery. Call Mercer-Bucks Orthopaedics today or use this website to set up a consultation.