Joint Replacement

What is joint replacement?

Using metal, plastic or porcelain materials, joint replacement is covering for bone ends and replaces cartilage that has worn away over the years. Joint replacement can eliminate pain and allow you to move easily with less discomfort.

Who should have a knee or hip replacement?

When hip or knee pain severely limits your ability to walk, work or perform even simple activities, joint replacement may be considered.

Is there an alternative to joint replacement?

Joint replacement is only recommended after careful diagnosis of your joint problem. It is not likely that anti-inflammatory drugs or cortisone injections will give you the same long-term relief that hip or knee replacement will.

Should my joint replacement be cemented?

Joint replacements are successfully performed with all cemented components as well as with a combination of uncemented and cemented components. Your surgeon will discuss which technique is best for you.

How long is the hospital stay?

The average hospital stay for a knee or hip replacement patient is around 2 days.

How long is recuperation?

Recovery varies with each person. You may use a walker for approximately 2 to 4 weeks after the operation. You may be able to drive a car in 2 to 4 weeks. Most people gradually increase their activities and may resume normal activities after 12 weeks.

Will I need a blood transfusion?

The need for blood transfusions after joint replacement surgery depends greatly on very individualized factors. The majority of hip or knee replacement patients do not require a transfusion after surgery. Your surgeon will be happy to discuss these issues with you.

What is the success rate?

Joint replacement surgery is recognized as a miracle of modern surgery. Most orthopedic experts consider joint replacement to be the best method of handling arthritis in the joint. Joint replacements have literally put hundreds of thousands of Americans back on their feet and allowed them to enjoy their golden years.

Are there complications?

As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications after hip or knee replacement surgery. To reduce the risk of infection, we take special precautionary measures in the operating room, and nursing unit. Pre-surgical and post-surgical antibiotics will be administered as ordered by your physician.

What about pain?

At Providence Health Center, our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible. We incorporate a variety of pain control methods that aid in your ability to participate in physical therapy.