Recovering from total knee or total hip replacement is a gradual process but the payoff is great: less pain and more mobility. Here's a guide to what to expect after your joint replacement surgery.
Knee replacement surgery (knee arthroplasty) involves removing a patient's damaged joint surface and replacing it with a metal and plastic implant. This surgery is performed on patients with severe knee arthritis (most commonly, osteoarthritis) to decrease pain and improve mobility, and it tends to have a high success rate.
There are several things you need to keep in mind as you prepare for a total hip replacement surgery. You might need to adjust some of your medications, like blood thinners. And you need to prepare your home so it will be easy and safe for you to get around as you are recovering.
Once you have made a decision to proceed with knee replacement, you will undoubtedly hear from friends and family about their experience with this surgery. As we learn more about improving results and enhancing safety with this surgery, there are details that may change about the process of a knee replacement. A friend who had knee replacement 20 years ago may have had a very different experience then you would have today. Here we review some of the myths of knee replacement, and what we have learned over time.
Getting knee steroid injections does not appear to increase need for earlier knee replacement surgery
Researchers say patients should be reassured that these common injections do not appear to cause progression of osteoarthritis.
Total hip replacement has become one of the most common and most successful types of orthopedic surgeries. Nearly 500,000 hip replacement surgeries are done in the United States every year. While hip replacement surgery is largely standardized, there are variations in surgical techniques.
A new research article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons® (JAAOS) shows that a rapid recovery protocol (RRP) leads to increased range of motion (ROM) and decreased length of stay (LOS) in the 12 months after total knee arthroplasty (TKA).
Porous tantalum cementless acetabular components show stable fixation, positive outcomes and “excellent survivorship” at 10- to 15-year follow-up for revision hip arthroplasty, according to data presented at the Virtual EFORT Congress.
People who have total joint replacement, or total joint arthroplasty (TJA), experience fewer falls than those who don't undergo the surgery, a new study finds
According to a new research article published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons®, authors compared the fall rates of nearly 500,000 cases of osteoarthritic patients and found those who underwent TJA experienced a significantly lower number of falls post-op than those who did not have the surgery.