Joint replacement is an option that has demonstrated significant improvement in the quality of life for individuals with severe arthritis. However, it is often delayed either in an attempt to avoid future revision surgeries or for other personal reasons. Increasing disability leads to inactivity, chronic pain, and sleep disruption, each of which cycles into significant comorbid risks, many of which are life-threatening. A beginning conceptual framework identified as the cycle of comorbidities is presented to identify these risks and help guide both the patient and the provider in the decision-making process associated with joint replacement surgery.
Patricia Camillo, PhD, RNC, GNP/WHNP-BC, NCMP, Founder of NursingProfessor.com.
Patricia Thompson, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Stanford University Medical Center, Boswell Joint Replacement Clinic, Palo Alto, CA.
Stuart B. Goodman, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, FBSE, Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Boswell Joint Replacement Clinic, Palo Alto, CA.
Yanli Jiang, BSN, RN, ONC, Orthopedic Staff Nurse, Stanford University Medical Center, Joint Replacement Center, Palo Alto, CA.
The authors have disclosed that they have no financial interests to any commercial company related to this educational activity.