Realistic Expectations (Joint Replacement)
Joint replacement procedures (arthroplasties) are performed for rheumatoid or degenerative disease that has destroyed joint surfaces, causing limitation of motion or debilitating pain. The goal of such surgery is to alleviate this debilitating pain and allow a function range of motion, if not completely normal range of motion. In order to achieve a maximum range of motion following joint replacement, a high degree of patient involvement and cooperation is essential. This may require several months of post-operative therapy.