What are the consequences of putting off a total joint replacement?

What are the consequences of putting off a total joint replacement?

According to Dr. Jeffrey Ginther, RMH Orthopedic surgeon specializing in total joint replacements, patients who put off having a necessary joint replacement risk weakening the muscles surrounding the joint. Weakened muscles will extend the time it takes to complete rehabilitation therapy after joint replacement surgery.
Having a total joint replacement can benefit aspects of health that extend far beyond the joint itself. Research has found that a person who has a total joint replacement lowers the risk of a heart attack or stroke by 40%. Joint replacement also reduces the long term risk of death, heart failure, depression and diabetes.
Joint replacement has a positive effect on lifestyle. When a patient is experiencing severe arthritis in the joint, it’s worth considering the benefit of increased mobility and independence that can accompany total joint replacement.

RMH Orthopedics: Dr. Jeffrey Ginther,  765-932-7063