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Quick Facts About Joint Replacement Surgery

Eric Lebby, MDEric Lebby, MD
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Prodromos Ververeli, MDProdromos Ververeli, MD
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Q: How do I know if I need joint replacement surgery?

A: If you have a sore knee or hip, it’s a question you might be asking. Your first step is learning from a doctor exactly what’s causing the pain. Your doctor will order diagnostic tests to rule any other causes of pain.

If tests reveal you have osteoarthritis – the wearing down of the cartilage that covers the joints – your quality of life will determine when and if you need replacement. As a general rule, if your pain is regularly causing you to lose sleep and hurting your work or daily functions, it’s probably time for surgery.

Before surgery, your doctor may first recommend nonsurgical options such as pain medication, physical therapy, cortisone and synthetic joint fluid injections, and weight loss and other lifestyle changes.

Q: Am I too old (or too young) for surgery?

A: Your overall health means much more than your age when it comes to successful recovery from surgery. At one time surgeons only did joint replacements for older people. Today knee and hip replacements last longer, so younger people can have the surgery with the understanding they may need a second one in their lifetime.

Q: How long will recovery take?

A: Most joint replacement surgery patients return home in just two days, and can ride an exercise bike within two weeks. It’s a far cry from the early days of joint replacement, when patients were hospitalized for up to two weeks. And often any immediate post-surgery pain pales in comparison to the pain of walking with an arthritic knee or hip. Once you recover, you can essentially return to normal activities. You may even be able to do more than you could prior to surgery.

Q: Both of my knees are bad. Should I get them both done at once?

A: If you are younger and healthy, a bilateral knee replacement (both knees at once) may be the answer. If you are age 70 or older, or if you have significant health issues, having the procedures separately may be a better answer. The final determination should be made with your doctor.

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