Total Joint Replacement Educational Series Part 11: FAQs About Total Joint Replacement Before The Surgery
Posted Oct 10 2008 2:12pm
do I know when I am ready for surgery?
you have endstage or "bone on bone" arthritis, injections are helping the
pain less than three months and your pain is affecting your quality of
life then you will be a surgical candidate. Until you reach this point Dr. DiGioia will continue
to advise conservative treatment.
have I been asked to lose weight prior to my surgery?
and hip replacements wear out just like your regular knees and hips. For every pound of extra weight
that is six pounds of pressure on both your knees and hips! If you are 10 pounds overweight,
that is 60 pounds on your knees and hips! If you would wear out your new
knee or hip, it would require a revision or redo surgery which can have
more complications and higher risks. We know it is hard to lose weight
because of pain, but the role of the injections is to relieve pain and
allow you to be more active. Dr. DiGioia wants you to be in the best shape possible
before your surgery so that you can have the best results afterwards.
acts as a cushion for the weight bearing surfaces of the joint. When arthritis sets in, the
cartilage between your joints begins to wear over time, and eventually the
bone wears down too. This causes the inflammation and pain which prevents you from
maintaining your active lifestyle.
is minimally invasive total joint replacement?
surgery is not truly "minimally"invasive, but, more accurately,"less"invasive. There is a smaller incision and less muscle work
involved, but the implants are still the same.
medications do I stop prior to surgery?
medications with ASA base (aspirin), blood thinners, NSAIDs (such as Aleve and ibuprofen), all arthritis medications (except for Celebrex) and
vitamin E. Please ask about
any herbal supplements you may be taking.
I take Tylenol?
I take Celebrex?
Yes. Unlike other arthritis
medications, you can take Celebrex right up to the day of your surgery.
We also use Celebrex as a pain medicine after surgery.
long can I expect my total joint replacement to last?
of people are still with their original implants in place and doing well
at 15 years. This is not to say that once it is year 15 that you will
start having problems. TJR can wear out just like your normal knee, and
the longer you have the joint replacement the greater the risk wear. Also, the modern implants are
modular systems so we can often catch wear early enough and replace ONLY
the part that is worn. This is why we recommend that you get new x-rays
every three years!