When to consider a joint replacement ?
When you’ve suffered significantly and for an extended period of time during activities of daily living, despite well-conducted medical treatment for pain (infiltrations, analgesic drugs, physiotherapy, cane, etc.). Your disability is increasing, and your quality of life is significantly affected.
Surgery then becomes the only solution to treat your symptoms effectively and sustainably. The replacement of the worn joint by a prosthesis relieves your suffering, helps you sleep better, improves your mobility, and generally allows you to restore your social and leisure activities.
There is usually no urgency to proceed with the operation as it is a slowly progressing condition. Although rare, the risks involved in performing a prosthetic replacement should be well known. Your decision to have surgery must be informed and well-thought-out; it may be useful to discuss this with your doctor and your family.