Joint replacement surgery is generally performed as an elective procedure, which means you decide whether or not to have the surgery, your doctor cannot make the decision for you. Here are a few questions to ask your orthopedic surgeon before your joint replacement surgery to help you make the right decision.
What are the possible consequences of not having joint replacement surgery?
Damaged weight-bearing joints like the hip and knee can limit mobility and the ability to perform routine activities of daily living. Not being able to move freely can also put you at risk for other health conditions like heart disease or diabetes.
How do I best prepare for the surgery?
You may need to do physical therapy exercises to help strengthen your hips and knees so they provide better support to the implant. Those who are overweight or obese may be recommended to lose weight so there is less stress on the implant. Avoiding smoking in the months prior to and after surgery will help speed up healing of tissues after surgery.
How soon will I be able to get on my feet again?
Advanced minimally invasive techniques and high precision robotic-assisted can speed up recovery and enable the right candidates to be on their feet and discharged on the same day as the surgery. Based on the severity of your joint condition and overall health, your surgeon will decide if you are a candidate for same-day joint replacement.
What signs and symptoms do I need to watch out for after the surgery?
Increasing swelling, warmth, redness, discharge from the incision site, worsening pain and stiffness in a previously well-functioning joint should be brought to the notice of your surgeon as soon as possible.
How long will my new joint last?
It isn’t unusual for hip and knee implants to last longer than 20 years. However, there are many factors that influence the longevity of the implant such as following postsurgical recommendations, your activity level, and the type surgery and implant. Your surgeon will help give you a realistic expectation based on your specific condition.
Joint replacement surgery is a life-changing procedure which significantly improves joint function and quality of life. For an accurate diagnosis of your hip or knee condition and a personalized treatment recommendation, please call (405) 424-5426 or request an appointment online.
Dr. Jacob brings cutting edge techniques and technology to the Oklahoma City area. He has extensive training in minimally invasive, rapid recovery joint replacement as well as robotically assisted hip and knee replacement. Dr. Jacob is a pioneer in outpatient joint replacement allowing some patients to go home the same day as their procedure and recover in the comfort of their own home. The cornerstone of Dr. Jacob’s practice is to have the recovery process be easier, faster and less painful allowing his patients to get back into the game of life. Dr. Jacob is committed to bringing the highest level of orthopedic care while treating each and every patient like a family member. Providing you with patient centered care you can trust.