Knee replacement surgery replaces cartilage that has worn away over the years. A knee replacement can help relieve your pain and get you back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.
After your knee replacement surgery, you’ll probably spend one to three nights in the hospital to begin recovery. Exercises including walking and moving the knee will be important for your recovery process. Crutches or a walker are generally used for the first three to six weeks after surgery, followed by use of a cane for another three to six weeks. Many individuals are able to resume most normal, light activities of daily living three to six weeks after surgery. However, complete recovery can take between three and six months, with some discomfort common after activity and at night.
Knee replacement success rates are quite high. Around 90 to 95 percent of patients achieve good to excellent results with relief from discomfort and significantly increased activity and mobility. The risks and complications with knee replacement surgery are quite low. Blood clots are the most common concern after surgery. Your doctor may prescribe medications to prevent blood clots, but keeping the knee active will also help.
Hip replacement surgery involves a metal and plastic cover for raw, arthritic bone ends to replace cartilage that has worn away over the years. Hip replacement surgery helps to relieve the discomfort from arthritis while doing everyday activities such as walking and bending.
The typical hospital stay after a hip replacement is around one to three days. Most hip replacement patients begin standing and walking with the help of a walker and physical therapist the day after surgery. It’s important to stay moving after surgery to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs. Recovery rates vary with each person, but more normal activities of daily living may resume within three to six weeks following surgery. Discomfort is common with activity and at night for several weeks.
Hip replacement surgery is one of the most important surgical advances of this century and has a very high success rate. The risks of complications are quite low. Blood clots are the most common, and your doctor may prescribe medications to help prevent clots. Staying active is also important in lessening your risk for blood clots.
Metro Health also performs Anterior Hip Replacement surgeries. This surgery often results in a quicker recovery and shorter hospital stay. The incision is made in the front instead of the back of the hip. Talk with your doctor to find out if you’re an appropriate candidate for this surgery.