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.