Total joint replacement is usually reserved for patiiiients who have severe arthritic conditions. Most patients who have artificial hip or knee joints are over 55 years of age.

Generally patients are considered for total joint replacement if:

  • Joint problems restrict normal work and recreation.
  • Joint pain also interferes with the ordinary activities of daily living
  • Escape from pain is not possible with conservative methods of treatment.
  • Stiffness in the joint is significant
  • X-rays show advanced arthritis.

What is Total Joint Replacement?
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged joint, such as a knee or hip joints, are removed and replaced with a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to enable the artificial joint to move just like a normal, healthy joint.

Total joint replacements of the knee and hip have been performed for many years. Today, these procedures have been found to result in significant restoration of function and reduction of pain in many patients.  It should be noted that joint replacements will not last forever.

To read more about Total Joint Replacement please click on the following link - Total Joint Replacement.  If you are a candidate for a Total Knee Replacement and would like to read more, please follow this link Total Knee Replacement, or if you are considering a Total Hip Replacement read more here - Total Hip Replacement.

What to expect after Surgery
For approximately 4 to 5 weeks after surgery certain limitations are placed on your activities. When fully recovered, most patients can return to work. Athletic activities that place excessive stress on the joint replacement will need to be avoided. 

Realistic Expectations

Physical Activities
    After joint replacement the patient should participate in activities that do:
  • Not cause pain
  • Not jar the joint — no running and jumping
  • Not flex the joint in a extreme manner
How long will my joint replacement last?
    Many factors determine the outcome including:
  • Age
  • Weight
  • Activity level
When will I be able to go back to a normal daily routine? 
    This is a decision only you and your surgeon can make. Every patient is different. However, there are some general guidelines your doctor may give you:
  • You'll practice walking up and down stairs — climbing in the hospital and should be able to do this by the time you leave
  • You should have no restrictions on leaving your home as long as your safety and comfort are assured. 
  • When to resume driving a car, going to work, and/or participating in sports activities are all highly individualized decisions.