Joint Replacement FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that considering joint replacement surgery is a difficult decision. To help make the process easier, we've compiled answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about joint replacement surgery.
How do I best prepare for joint replacement surgery?
To best prepare for joint replacement surgery, patients should:
-Show up to pre-op appointments and follow all the doctor's orders.
-Stop taking any medications, supplements, or herbal remedies that might get in the way of the surgery or healing process.
-Eat right and exercise leading up to the date of surgery.
What are the risks of joint replacement surgery?
Joint replacement surgery is generally very successful and has a low risk of complications. However, there are some risks associated with joint replacement surgery. These include infection, blood clots, bleeding, nerve damage, stiffness or instability in the new joint, and loosening of the prosthesis over time. Your doctor will discuss these risks with you beforehand so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to proceed with the procedure.
What is the recovery period after joint replacement surgery?
The recovery period following joint replacement surgery typically takes six to twelve weeks, depending on the type of surgery and the individual patient. During this time, patients may need to limit their activities while physical therapy is underway in order to ensure proper healing. After physical therapy is completed, patients can gradually increase their activity level as tolerated and instructed by their doctor.
Will I need physical therapy?
Physical therapy is an important part of joint replacement surgery recovery. Physical therapy helps to reduce pain, improve the range of motion and strength in the affected joint, as well as restore any lost function. Additionally, physical therapy can help you learn how to move and use your new joint safely and correctly while helping to prevent future injuries or issues.
How much does joint replacement surgery cost?
The cost of joint replacement surgery can vary widely depending on the type of joint being replaced, the complexity of the procedure, and the type of insurance coverage you have. Our staff can provide more information about the cost of your specific procedure.