Jan 6, 2016 by Luke Ries
This year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new payment program specifically for hip and knee replacements, which have become increasingly common surgeries among older adults. In fact, according to CMS data, more than 400,000 joint replacement procedures were performed on Medicare beneficiaries in 2013. Not surprising, considering that the success rate of hip replacements 10 years after surgery is 90-95 percent, and at 20 years, it is 80-85 percent. With hip replacements and knee replacements at an all-time high, it is important that seniors know what to expect when they undergo such surgeries and transition home after the hospitalization.
Before surgery, there will be a pre-operative evaluation. The medical team will look at the surgical plan and identify possible complications. This evaluation helps ensure a successful operation:
Recovery takes time. The patient may experience some pain and discomfort as well as frustration with his or her limitations. It may help to read about the tips and tricks of other successful joint surgery patients or talk with friends who have experienced similar surgeries. The focus should be on the rewards of being able to engage in activities again. In-home care services can help to create healthy, safe environments before and after hospital stays. Whether it’s just a few hours of extra help each day or full-time care, such services provide a helping hand during recovery and offer the peace of mind that’s needed. With the right preparation and support for joint replacement, seniors can heal faster and get back to being themselves.
If you need extra help in caring for a loved one after joint replacement surgery, the team at Comfort Keepers® of Sheboygan & Fond du Lac is a trusted local resource — contact us today at (920) 843-5858.