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7. What are the major risks of joint replacement surgery?

While risks are low, they do exist. The two most serious complications are infection and blood clots. To avoid these problems, we use antibiotics and blood thinners. We also take special precautions in the operating room to reduce the risk of infections.

8. What are the things that will disqualify me from having a joint replacement?

You will be disqualified in undergoing joint replacement when you have active infections in your joints, recent heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure and similar conditions that are life-threatening. However, most of this may be improved with proper care from your internist or physician.

9. What are the advantages of having a joint replacement?

happyThe main reason people decide to undergo a joint replacement is unbearable pain, which is severe enough to interfere with their quality of life. Oftentimes, other treatment methods such as pain medications and physical therapy have not improved their condition that is when you need to undergo joint replacement. Aside from pain relief, patients who undergo a joint replacement could expect improved function, improved mobility, and an improvement in their quality of life.

10. How long or how difficult is the surgery?

On the average, a joint replacement surgery takes nearly about 30 minutes to one hour on the average. Joint replacement is a specialized procedure in Orthopedic surgery and in order to increase the chances of a good outcome and eliminate the risks, it is important that your Orthopedic surgeon should have undergone adequate training in joint replacement after finishing general orthopedics.

11. What should I expect after surgery?

In the Hospital - The day of surgery our staff will help you sit on the side of the bed. You will have discomfort following surgery, but we will try to keep you comfortable with the appropriate medications. You may have an IV with a special pump that will allow you to control your own medicine. Most patients are able to stop very strong medication within one day.intheor

The day after surgery, you will already be walking with the help of a walker or crutches.

Discharge - Most patients stay in the hospital 2-3 days and are able to go directly home. Some patients may transfer to a sub-acute facility, where they will stay for 3-5 days. Our social worker or case manager will help you with this decision and make the necessary arrangements.

At Home - For the first several days or weeks, depending on your progress, you will need someone to assist you at home. If possible, plan to get assistance from family or friends.

12. How much does it cost to have a joint replacement?

Costs will vary depending on the implants used and the chosen hospital. AOJR provides patients with the flexibility of choosing which hospital to be admitted to and which implant brand to use. Of course, before making that decision, we would thoroughly discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages of your options. Credit card payments can also be arranged through our main office.

To know more about rates please contact us directly.

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