While total joint replacement surgery may be the right solution for some patients, the truth is that there hasn’t been a viable, non-surgical alternative available until now. Because we have accepted surgery as the standard solution for joint pain, most patients don’t even know what to expect from total joint replacement surgery – or what questions to ask before making the commitment.
In this article, we talk with AROmotion’s founder, Robert Dean, M.D., about the potential risks associated with total joint replacement surgery and why it’s so important to get a second opinion.
“Any type of surgery is going to be invasive and carry risk, so it’s always important to talk openly with your doctors, do your research, and seek a second opinion before making the commitment,” says Dr. Dean. “This isn’t meant to scare patients who need surgery away from it because this may be their only path to relief. Rather, this is meant to educate and empower patients who may be able to find relief from our non-surgical solution – so that they can ultimately decide what is best for them along with their doctors.”
According to Dr. Dean, these are the most common risks associated with total joint replacement surgery for patients to consider and discuss with their doctors:
While anesthesia is generally safe, there are common side effects associated with it including nausea, dry mouth, vomiting, muscle aches, and fatigue.
There are dozens of different types of orthopedic implants available today, and it is possible for patients to experience severe post-operative infections if the one that’s best suited for them is not used.
Hospital Stay & Lengthy Recovery
Total joint replacement surgery typically requires a 2-4 day hospital stay and a post-operative rehabilitation period of up to 6 months.
Wound Healing & Scarring
The typical incision size for total joint replacement surgery is 5-10 inches, which will require time to heal and will have permanent scarring
Limited Post-Surgery Activities
Most patients must limit their physical activities for a long period of time after surgery, sometimes for life. This includes but is not limited to impact exercises, running, contact sports, sitting cross-legged, and kneeling.
Chronic Post-Operative Pain
Up to 34% of patients experience severe post-surgical pain that can last for up to 5 years.
“In addition to knowing about these risks, it’s also important to know what questions to ask your doctor and orthopedic surgeon regarding the surgery,” says Dean. “I wrote about this extensively in a previous article which is also a helpful resource.”
So, where can patients start once they are told that they may need total joint replacement surgery? According to Dean, it’s always best to start with a second opinion. “Surgery is a huge commitment, and something that will likely have an impact on you for years to come, so it’s very wise to seek out a second opinion. “
The need for a viable alternative to total joint replacement surgery is what drove Dr. Dean to develop AROmotion, a groundbreaking non-surgical solution that stops joint pain fast with lasting results. This is a unique, three-tiered process that starts with an FDA-approved procedure called radiofrequency neurotomy to stop the pain, followed by promoting natural healing in the affected joint with a carefully-selected orthobiologics, and completed with a customized strengthening and reconditioning program.
Individuals who have been told that they may need total joint replacement surgery can contact AROmotion to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Dean, during which he will get each patient’s background to understand the root cause of the pain and to determine if they are a candidate for the AROmotion procedure.
“We are very careful in our screening process to determine who will benefit from our procedure versus total joint replacement surgery,” says Dean. “If a patient will not get the long-lasting pain relief that they want from our procedure, we will be completely transparent and give them any information they need to help determine the best path forward.”
If you are living with knee, hip, shoulder or other joint pain and have been told that total joint replacement surgery is your only option, AROmotion may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for our non-surgical treatment that has helped more than 1,800 patients stop their joint pain fast.
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