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13. What are the risks of joint replacement surgery?

Complications are rare but they do happen. Some of the few risks are:

Blood clots. Blood clots may form in the legs after surgery. Blood-thinning medications, compression stockings, and exercise will reduce this risk. Most infections are treated with antibiotics, but major infections may require surgery to remove and replace the prosthesis. If you are undergoing dental, gynaecologic, bladder or bowel surgery it may be good to take protective antibiotics to prevent infection of the joint.

Loosening. Over time, your new joint may loosen, causing pain. Surgery might be needed to fix the problem

Dislocation. Certain positions can cause the ball of the hip joint, if you have hip replacement surgery, to become dislodged. To avoid this, don't bend more than 90 degrees at the hip and don't let your leg cross the midline of your body.

14. Will I need home medical or assistive equipment?

Yes, we recommend that you use a walker, cane, or crutches for about six weeks. You may also benefit from assistive devices to help with lower body dressing, a bath seat, and grab bars in the bathroom. If you have hip replacement surgery, you will also need a high toilet seat for about three months. Our social worker or case manager can arrange for equipment you will need.

15. Will I need physical therapy or an exercise program?

Yes, both are essential for recovery. The number of physical therapy sessions varies for each patient, but exercise must be a lifetime commitment. Your surgeon and physical therapist will design an exercise program for you.

16. What are the activities I am allowed to do after a successful joint replacement?

arthritis_painRunning or jumping is not encouraged for patients who have undergone knees and hips replacement. Brisk walking, cycling, golf, and other less strenuous exercises are allowed and even encouraged. Some precautions are also advised when traveling for long durations by airplane or with high altitude transportation.

17. When can I resume regular activities after undergoing joint replacement surgery?

Driving - If the surgery was on your left side and you have an automatic transmission, you could be driving at two weeks. If the surgery was on your right side, your driving could be restricted as long as six weeks.

businessncomputersWorking - We recommend that most people take at least one month off work. You may be able to work sooner if your job is sedentary and you can use crutches at work. Your physical therapist can make recommendations for joint protection and energy conservation on the job.

Activity - Your surgeon and physical therapist will share many more details related to walking, using stairs, and resuming recreational activities like dancing and more.


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