Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - Joint Replacement

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Having joint replacement surgery can be a very difficult decision. A variety of things cause many patients to put off surgery, hindering your quality of life for years. It is very common to know you need joint replacement long before you ever have the surgery. The timeline below outlines the many different feelings you may experience on the path to recovery. The important thing to know is that our joint replacement specialists are available to help every step of the way.

1. Living with Pain

At first it may be easy to ignore the pain you're experiencing. You may take a few ibuprofens and carry on with your day. Eventually (it may take months or even years), the pain becomes worse and begins to make an impact on your life.

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2. Realizing the Situation

After seeking advice from a specialist you may finally come to the realization that you don't have to live with the pain. We offer customized care that can get you back to doing things you enjoy again in a matter of weeks.

3. Making the Decision

After thinking about your options and coping with pain, you may finally decide joint replacement surgery is the best option for getting your life back. Congratulations! This is an exciting first step toward recovery and something Indiana University Health takes very seriously. When determining where to have the surgery, there are several factors you may want to consider. Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as one of the best in the nation. We treat people with a wide variety of joint replacement needs, no matter how serious or minor. Here are a few things to help you get started in choosing a treatment center.

4. Waiting for the Surgery

You've decided to have surgery and are counting down the days until you are back on your feet! Take comfort in the fact that you've chosen an Indiana University Health care team that is dedicated to making the process as comfortable and easy as possible. You will receive customized instructions for how to prepare for your upcoming surgery. A full care team is available for any questions or assistance.

5. Recovery

During recovery, you will have pain, but our team will work with you to keep the pain under control to allow you to participate in your recovery. Your care team will prepare you for this rehabilitation period with personalized care instructions before you leave the hospital. You will also take part in a series of follow up appointments. Because we have many outpatient locations, we usually can coordinate appointments at a facility that's convenient for you.