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1. What is an orthopaedic surgeon?

A medical doctor who has completed an extensive residency in the field of keeping joints, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and spine in excellent condition.


2. Why do you see an orthopaedic surgeon?
Many family care providers have knowledge in treating simple orthopaedic problems. When more complex care is needed an orthopaedist is often consulted.  Not all conditions require surgery and can be treated conservatively with medications, exercises and possibly injections.

3. How long will my total joint replacement last?
Depending on the acitivity of the patient, it is hoped that the prosthesis would last 10-15 years. That is an average, and wear rates can vary. 

4. What is the artificial joint made of?
A metal alloy and high density plastic. We typically use STRYKER® brand of bone and joint replacements. For more information about their product and educational videos go to their website

5. What are the results of joint replacement?
Over 90% of patients can expect excellent results, decreased pain and improvement in mobility.

6. Is it possible I could be made worse?
Every surgery has a risk of complications which could result in worsening of the condition. The chances of this are less than 1%.

7. What are the major risks of surgery?

Although most surgeries go well without complication, the two major complications that can occur are infection and blood clots. We take many precautions to decrease the likelihood that you will develop these risks.

8. Do I really need surgery?
Our surgeons are very conservative. All non-operative methods will be attempted to control your pain. When conservative measures fail, you and your surgeon will decide if you are a candidate for surgery. Your decision will depend upon whether you feel your pain and disability justify the risk of undergoing the procedure.

9. Am I too old for surgery?
The condition of your health is much more important than your chronological age. If you are in reasonable health and your primary physician decides that surgery does not pose excessive risk for you, then your age is not a deterrent.

10. How much does surgery cost, and will my insurance pay for it?
Coverage varies with different insurance companies. Hospital costs can be calculated by calling the Novant Health Financial Navigator at (336) 277-7299.

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