by Maureen Habel, RN, MA
Total joint replacement, or arthroplasty (the word arthroplasty comes from arthro, joint, and plasty, surgical shaping), is one of the most important surgical advances of the past century. In fact, there are few surgical procedures that have such a positive impact on quality of life. The purpose of this module is to provide healthcare providers with information about total hip and total knee replacements. The module discusses the effects of arthritis on weight-bearing joints, such as the knee and the hip; outlines indications for joint replacement; and summarizes medical management and surgical procedures for joint replacement.
The purpose of this joint replacement CE module is to provide healthcare providers, specifically nurses, health educators, emergency medical professionals/paramedics, occupational therapists, and physical therapists with information about total hip and total knee replacements, including the effects of arthritis on joints, indications for surgery and surgical management. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the effects of arthritis on the hip and knee joints
- State indications for total hip replacementand total knee replacement
- Discuss the surgical procedures used for hip and knee jointreplacements
This course for Physical Therapists is FREE until midnight EDT October 31, 2013.