Knee and hip replacements are the most successful orthopedic procedures. To maximize surgical outcome, you should allow for a time of healing before returning to routine activities. When you can get back to work and drive again after joint replacement will vary from person to person. However, here are some general guidelines:
Getting Back to Work
If you have a sedentary job, involving mostly desk work or you work from home, you may be able to get back to work in 2-4 weeks depending on pain control and how comfortable you are sitting for a reasonable amount of time. People with physically demanding jobs such as electricians, plumbers, or carpenters may need about 12 weeks before returning to full duty. On average, it’s about 4-6 weeks for most people.
Getting Back to Driving
How soon you can drive depends on which side you're operated on. If you have an automatic transmission car and you’re operated on your non-driving side (left hip or knee), you may be able to drive soon after you wean off of any narcotic pain medication if these have been prescribed to you. This could be within 2 weeks after your surgery. If you’re operated on your driving side (right hip or knee) or you have a manual transmission vehicle, it may take an extra couple of weeks. For most individuals that should be around 4 weeks after surgery.
Dr. Paul Jacob uses the minimally invasive surgical techniques to help you get back to your active lifestyle as soon as possible. Book an appointment today for a telehealth or in-patient visit to discuss your options. For more information, please call (405) 424-5426.
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.