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Joint Prosthesis Surgery

 

Arthroplasty and Adult Reconstructive Surgery 

Knee and hip prostheses are made with the help of the latest surgical techniques in order to resolve the knee and hip arthrosis (joint degeneration that is seen in the joints with age and that develops corrosion and aging) of our elderly patients. In addition, revision surgery is applied in softening and infection issues of these prostheses; and the Physical Treatment and Rehabilitation Departments cooperatively work for the rehabilitation of this group of our patients.

 

Knowledge and Experience conjoined in the technological base:

Our specialized staff who completed their post-expertise trainings for joint prostheses in the most important centers in the USA and in Europe and who have a high level of knowledge and experience use the joint prostheses that are the m ost qualified and that have been most recently manufactured.

 

What is Joint Prosthesis(Arthroplasty)?

The movements become prohibited, severe pain occurs and the life quality of the patient is badly influenced more and more after the degeneration (calcification) of the hip and knee joints. The walking distance of the patient shortens, he cannot travel for long, he cannot put on his own socks, he cannot kneel down or cannot perform his prayers.

 

But living means movement without pain.

The joint prostheses that have been applied for the last 40 years for this reason have developed even more in parallel with the developments in technology and they provide us to create a joint with no pain and with free movements. The prostheses consist of metal and reinforced plastic components. The metal components have been improved even more with the developments in metallurgy and both solid and body-compatible metals such as titanium went into use. They have types with and without cement. The kinds with cement are rather preferred in elderly patients with osteoporosis.

 

In Which Situations Are Joint Prostheses Done?

Joint prostheses are used most frequently in the degenerative diseases of the joint. The degenerative joint disease, colloquially used as calcification is mostly a disease of the elderly. The hip joint is mostly involved in men whereas the knee joint is involved more in women. Moreover, joint prostheses are used also in rheumatic diseases, intra-articular fractures and dislocations, joint infections and sequel joint damages.

 

At What Age is it Applied?

Joint prostheses can be applied at any age. However, the prostheses have a certain life span so it is applied on patients over the age of 60 in order to prevent the need of several operations when the prostheses finally give way and need replacing.

 

What Does it Mean That Prostheses Have a Certain Life Span?

The prosthesis erodes in time and the pieces of the prostheses loosen. Despite the fact that the literature foresees 10 – 15 years, the joint prostheses with high technology last for 20 – 25 years.

Why the Hisar Orthopedics and Traumatology Department is is the right address for joint prosthesis?

The life span of the prosthesis is related to its type and the way it is placed. Even high quality prostheses may pose problems if the surgery is not good. For this reason, the person doing the prosthesis and the place it is done is highly important. Experienced and precise surgery is prerequisite and the Hisar Orthopedics and Traumatology Department has the necessary knowledge, experience and preciseness.

 

How long will I Stay in the Hospital?

Maximum one week, you will be able to stand up and walk right after the operation.

 

What will I Be watchful for after the operation?

Keeping the wounds clean and taking professional care of them after the operation is very important in terms of preventing infection. You have to take the blood thinners that you will use for minimum 6 weeks in order not to have embolism in the future. If you take good care of the prosthesis, it will make do for years. This means; you will conduct a sedentary life, you will not work actively, and you will not work in the farm if you are a farmer. You will not sit down on the floor to eat, you will not perform prayer by kowtowing. You will have built European toilets instead of the Ottoman style one at home, and you will buy a lifter if necessary. You will not sit cross-legged, and you will avoid extreme joint movements. You will consult to your doctor for antibiotic prophylaxis when you have an infection or before tooth extraction.

 

Will Physical Therapy Be Required Postoperation?

It is highly important that the hip and knee muscles are strong after the operation. For this reason, you will have to go through physical therapy for a while.

 

Is Joint Prosthesis Being Applied on Other Joints?

Of course, there are prostheses being applied on shoulder, elbow, ankle and knuckle joints. However, the application fields and the success of these are less compared to the hip and knee prostheses. All prostheses are being applied in our hospital also.

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