Some patients report a dull ache in cold weather but you will usually not feel anything.
Yes. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends antibiotics for any type of invasive procedures such as dental cleanings, dental work, or any type surgery within two years of joint replacement surgery. Be sure to inform all of your health care providers, physicians and dentists, of your joint replacement.
Not if you follow all physical therapy instructions. It is important not to favor the operative leg!
This varies by individual. You must use the assistive device as long as necessary to be safe. Some patients no longer need them after the first week or two, others need at least a cane for several weeks.
It depends on the individual. Someone who maintains an active lifestyle and has few medical conditions could easily have joint replacement into their 90s. An individual with many medical problems and a sedentary lifestyle would be a higher risk at any age.
The best shoes have a low, wide heel, good shock absorption, a nonskid sole and a full heel (no clogs or backless type shoes).
It depends on an individual’s progress after surgery and what type of work they do. Generally it would be a minimum of 6 weeks. The surgeon will advise you on this.
Yes. We will have you see our internist on the day you come in for preadmission testing. This physician will do a complete history and physical. This is to be sure that you are healthy enough for surgery. This physician will also follow you after surgery while you are in the hospital. We prefer our internists because these physicians are familiar with our orthopedic surgeons and patients.
Yes, absolutely. Usually within 12 weeks or so you should be able to take part in most activities such as swimming, hiking, biking, dancing. You would want to avoid high impact activities like jogging, singles tennis, and basketball.