Joint pain is a common complaint among aging adults, and it is often attributed
to osteoarthritis, which affects about 20 million Americans. This condition
is characterized by the loss of the cartilage that covers the ends of
the bones that meet in the joints. As cartilage wears away, there is more
resistance with everyday movements that leads to chronic inflammation,
soreness, and stiffness. Because the cartilage is unable to repair itself
like other tissues in the body, joint replacement is often considered
as a treatment for osteoarthritis and similar conditions causing joint
pain. At Good Samaritan Hospital, we strive to maintain higher standards
in joint replacement surgery as Northern California’s first center
to offer a Total Joint Replacement Program.
What Happens in Joint Replacement Procedures
Hip and knee replacement surgeries are the most common types of joint replacement,
as these joints tend to sustain the most damage in daily activities. These
surgeries are often performed with a minimally invasive approach to reduce
stress on the body and facilitate a quicker recovery. Joint replacements
may involve partial or total replacement of the bony structures within
the joint, and the appropriate procedure will often be determined through
arthroscopy, a minor surgical procedure that places a camera in the joint
to assess existing damage.
When to Consider Joint Replacement Surgery
Osteoarthritis is the most common condition associated with joint replacement
procedures, though not all patients with osteoarthritis will need this
surgery. Typically, candidacy for surgery will be dependent on the extent
of damage in the joint, the level and frequency of joint pain, and the
viability or past success of non-surgical treatments. In the past, joint
replacement was often only recommended for older patients, but adults
under 65 have been seeing the benefits of surgery, which can facilitate
a more active lifestyle.
Expected Outcomes with Joint Replacement at Good Samaritan
Good Samaritan Hospital is consistently one of the top performers in California
when it comes to joint replacement surgeries. Our program ranks consistently
higher in benchmarks for the following areas than the state average.
Shorter recovery – Our patients spend an average of 2.72 days in the hospital compared to
a statewide average of 3.2. A higher number of our patients also head
directly home from the hospital rather than transferring to secondary
care facilities for recovery.
Higher quality of life – 94% of our patients report mild to no pain while walking following hip
and knee surgeries, which is a dramatic improvement over the statewide
average of 81%.
Low complication rates – With a complication rate of only 0.9% and a readmission rate of 1.1% within
30 days, patients can rest assured knowing that they are under care with
higher standards of safety and success.
To get to know more about Good Samaritan Hospital and our surgical care
in San Jose, call us at (888) 724-2362.