Joint replacement topic of July lunch and learn seminar

When joints begin to cause chronic pain for people due to advanced conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis or other causes, total replacement of the damaged joint may be the solution. To help our community learn more about when it is time to consider joint replacement surgery, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) will be hosting a free lunch and learn seminar on Tuesday, July 29.“The idea of joint replacement surgery can be scary for those who need it, but the benefits are well worth the procedure,” said Dr. James Marvel, an orthopedic surgeon at RPMH and the guest speaker at the seminar. “For many patients, the surgery means a new lease on life by helping them get back to the activities they used to enjoy.”A joint is where the ends of two or more bones meet. The ends of a joint are covered with hyaline cartilage, which acts as a cushion and allows the bones to move easily.When a joint is damaged as a result of injury, natural deterioration, or other causes, you will begin to experience pain and loss of movement. Most people suffer for years with problems caused by the damaged joint – problems such as difficulty walking, limited movement of the shoulder or arm, or consistent pain.Surgeons replace the damaged joint with an artificial device called a prosthesis. The primary reason for the popularity of the surgery is that most patients will experience pain relief and a return of flexibility in the joint.Physical therapy is imperative following the procedure to help patients regain their strength and range of motion. For some patients, they can return to many of the activities they once enjoyed in a matter of several weeks.The Lunch and Learn Seminar on joint replacement surgery will be on July 29, at the RPMH Emergency Department classroom. The event will be held from noon until 1 p.m., and includes a brownbag lunch.The seminar is free to attend, but space is limited and expected to reach capacity. Interested individuals must register before July 28, by calling 325-235-1701 ext. 221.Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital provides healthcare for those in the communities they serve. Founded in 1976, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital offers a wealth of medical services including: 24 hour emergency care, advanced radiology services including CT scanning and MRIs, outpatient lab, physical therapy, surgical services, swing bed services, patient education, home health and assistive services, and more. For additional information, please visit