Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown of cartilage. It is one of the most common types of arthritis. Cartilage is the strong flexible material that serves as a cushion to your joints. Some cartilage can break off and be painful and cause swelling, which make the joints in between bones inflamed. The cartilage can wear away completely over time. As a result, since there isn’t any cushion on the joints, the bones will start grinding together. Any joint can be affected by osteoarthritis, but it most commonly affects the hands, spine, knees, and hips.
In the past, antibiotics prior to dental work was only recommended for the first 2 years following a joint replacement. However, due to the devastating effects of joint infection the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery now recommends the use antibiotics prior to any invasive procedure such as dental work, cleanings, etc. no matter how long it has been since your procedure.
The use of a CPM machine may be advised by your surgeon. Some patients feel that use of a CPM has allowed them to regain early range-of-motion following surgery. However, recent studies have shown that there is no long-term benefit to using a CPM machine. The use of this device remains largely a patient-physician preference.
When you come for your appointment remember to bring the following:
- Valid ID or Drivers License
- X-rays, MRI, CT scan, or any other relevant medical records
- Do NOT rely on your primary care physician to send us your imaging studies
- Insurance information
- List of current medications