When to Say When: Am I Ready for Joint Replacement Surgery?

The decision to have elective surgery is rarely an easy one and joint replacement surgeries are no exception.  

To help individuals make informed decisions about surgery, experts Dr. John Dunleavy, M.D, Total Joint Specialist, Hip & Knee Surgeon, OrthoConnecticut, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, RVNAhealth Director of Rehabilitative Services, recently led a virtual panel discussion co-hosted by the Ridgefield Library: “When to Say When: Am I Ready for a Joint Replacement?”

In the presentation, Dr. Dunleavy and Gigi Weiss covered such important information as:

  • Decision-making surgery checklist including such criteria as pain level; comfort level; health status, and more.
  • Non-surgical alternatives for foregoing or postponing surgery.
  • A primer on surgery and joint replacements today:
    • Advances in anesthesia and surgical technologies that have vastly improved the experience, recovery and outcomes for joint replacement candidates.
    • Partnerships between orthopedic practices (like OrthoConnecticut) and PT practices (like RVNAhealth Rehabilitation Services) that create a seamless and safe process before, during and after surgery.
  • Pre- and post-surgery strategies for going in your strongest and enhancing your recovery.  For example, a recent study shows that pre-surgery physical therapy reduces post-operative care by as much as 29% in patients with total knee or hip replacements.

We invite you to view the presentation here.