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Baylor Health Care System > Physicians & Locations > Frisco > Specialties & Services > Orthopedics > Are You a Candidate for Joint Replacement?

Are You a Candidate for Joint Replacement? 

  1. Have you had pain lasting more than a year?
  2. Does your pain wake you up at night?
  3. Do you have trouble with activities of daily living, such as going to the grocery store, working around the house or doing activities with your spouse or grandchildren?
  4. Do you avoid using the affected joint?
  5. Is your pain unresponsive to arthritis medication such as Advil (ibuprofen) or Aleve (naproxen)?

If you answered “yes” to these questions and a weight-bearing X-ray of the joint shows bone touching bone, then you may be a candidate for joint replacement.

When pain affects your lifestyle, you should talk to your doctor or seek a referral to one of the orthopedic specialists on the Baylor Frisco medical staff to determine if joint replacement is right for you. Your doctor may first try conservative treatments, including:

  • Medications to reduce inflammation
  • Walking aids
  • Physical therapy and exercise

Younger patients with joint damage may be a candidate for a procedure called resurfacing, which leaves more bone intact than a total joint replacement.

If you are older and worried about joint replacement surgery, talk to your doctor. Research has shown that even if you are older, joint replacement can restore movement and help you feel better. In fact, studies show that patients over 55 who have had total knee and total joint replacement surgeries still function well after 20 years.

To contact the Joint Replacement Center at Baylor Frisco or for a referral to one of the joint replacement physicians the Baylor Frisco medical staff, call 214.407.5128.

Find a joint replacement physician on the Baylor Frisco medical staff.