"At age 47, I was in constant pain. In fact, I'd get out of the bed in the morning and it was painful. And throughout the entire day I would limp, and particularly on weekends, when I worked around the yard, or played with the kids, usually by three, four o'clock in the afternoon it was so painful I had to basically relinquish myself to the couch. I have two lovely children, ages 9 and 13. They play a lot of sports. I try to volunteer to be a dad coach for some of the teams. I just couldn't do it, so it was very difficult to sort of sit on the sidelines and watch the children out there playing but not be able to go out there and join them or coach them.
After discussing the benefits and risks with my doctor, I reached a point where I decided to have a change of my quality of life and do something about my knee. I had a Stryker Knee replacement and now I am able to play golf again, carrying my clubs and walking the golf course with all my other friends. My children are rapidly growing, so it was nice to get out there, play with them and be able to enjoy them completely."
Individual results vary. Not all patients will have the same post-operative recovery and activity level. See your orthopaedic surgeon to discuss your potential benefits and risks.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT HIP AND KNEE REPLACEMENT
Hip joint replacement is intended for use in individuals with joint disease resulting from degenerative and rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, fracture of the neck of the femur or functional deformity of the hip.
Knee joint replacement is intended for use in individuals with joint disease resulting from degenerative, rheumatoid and post-traumatic arthritis, and for moderate deformity of the knee. Joint replacement surgery is not appropriate for patients with certain types of infections, any mental or neuromuscular disorder which would create an unacceptable risk of prosthesis instability, prosthesis fixation failure or complications in postoperative care, compromised bone stock, skeletal immaturity, severe instability of the joint, or excessive body weight.
Like any surgery, joint replacement surgery has serious risks which include, but are not limited to, pain, bone fracture, change in the treated leg length (hip), joint stiffness, hip joint fusion, amputation, peripheral neuropathies (nerve damage), circulatory compromise (including deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs)), genitourinary disorders (including kidney failure), gastrointestinal disorders (including paralytic ileus (loss of intestinal digestive movement)), vascular disorders (including thrombus (blood clots), blood loss, or changes in blood pressure or heart rhythm), bronchopulmonary disorders (including emboli, stroke or pneumonia), heart attack, and death.
Implant related risks which may lead to a revision of the implant include dislocation, loosening, fracture, nerve damage, heterotopic bone formation (abnormal bone growth in tissue), wear of the implant, metal sensitivity, soft tissue imbalance, osteolysis (localized progressive bone loss), audible sounds during motion, and reaction to particle debris.
The information presented is for educational purposes only. Speak to your doctor to decide if joint replacement surgery is appropriate for you. Individual results vary and not all patients will return to the same activity level. The lifetime of any joint replacement is limited and depends on several factors like patient weight and activity level. Your doctor will counsel you about strategies to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device, including avoiding high-impact activities, such as running, as well as maintaining a healthy weight. It is important to closely follow your physician’s instructions regarding post-surgery activity, treatment and follow-up care.
Ask your doctor if a joint replacement is right for you.
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Fred Funk is a paid spokesperson of Stryker, and his statements represent his personal views based on his personal experiences.