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Total Joint Replacement Educational Series Part 12: FAQs About Total Joint Replacement After The Surgery

Posted Oct 10 2008 2:12pm
  • What restrictions do I have after total joint replacement?

    • There are very few restrictions for patients after surgery.   The only activity we do not recommend for patients is jogging for exercise as it accelerates the wear on your new joint.   Patients with hip replacements are told not to cross the operative leg over the other leg at the knees as this can put you in a position where you could potentially dislocate. You can cross at the ankle and bend all the way down as long as the legs are apart at the knees. You can resume all other activities based on your comfort and confidence level.

  • Do I need to take an anticoagulant after surgery?

    • All of Dr. DiGioia's surgical patients are to have Lovenox injections for 2 weeks postoperatively and then ASA (aspirin) for 2 weeks. Some patients have a higher risk for blood clots and have to take the blood thinners for a longer time.  

  • How soon after my total joint replacement can I return to work?

    • You may return to work as soon as you feel comfortable. Following a normal TKR/THR a patient should be out of work no longer than 4-8 weeks, but many patients can return to work in as little as 3 weeks.

  • Will I be able to go to a rehab facility after surgery?

    • 99% of our patients are able to return home after surgery without any problems. You are full weight bearing the night of your surgery and are able to climb stairs right away as well.   For 2-5 days following discharge, a physical therapist will come to your home to work with you, and you will attend outpatient therapy for 2 to 4 weeks at a physical therapy location close to your home.   On occasion, however, if there are medical or surgical issues, patients will be sent to a skilled nursing facility, but we always prefer for our patients to go home.   For the most part insurance companies are no longer covering stays in rehabilitation facilities after joint replacement.

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