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Quality of Life After Surgery

Q: Is there anything I might do that will hurt my new joint?

A: Joint replacements are very strong and secure, but if you fall your implant can be damaged. Your care team will share a guide with you that includes some precautions you must take to ensure your joint stays in good condition.

Q: How long will my new joint last and can it be replaced if it wears out?

A: Just like your original joint, replacements joints have moving parts that wear. Most will last 15 years or longer, but second replacements can be done.

Q: Do joint replacements ever fail completely?

A: Even with our experience, expertise and focus on successful outcomes, sometimes joint replacements do fail. The most common hip replacement failure for example is a loosening of the artificial surface from the bone which can lead to infection or fracture.

Q: Will I notice anything different about my new joint?

A: Besides the relief from pain, your joint might feel stiff and you may have a small area of numbness to the outside of your new scar.

Q: What extra precautions will I need to take once I have my new joint?

A:  After surgery, the following precautions should be followed.

DENTAL WORK OR SURGICAL PROCEDURES

Take prescribed antibiotics before dental work or surgical procedures.  This is a national policy and recommended for your lifetime.

URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS/TEETH INFECTIONS/SKIN INFECTIONS

A prosthetic joint can become infected from a problem located in another part of the body.  Bacterial Infections Must Be Treated With Antibiotics As Soon As Possible.

DEEP CUT OR PUNCTURE WOUND

Clean wound and cover with sterile dressing. The closer the location of the injury to the prosthetic joint, the greater the concern.  Notify your surgeon and take antibiotics if needed.

SUPERFICIAL SCRATCHES

Treat with topical antibiotic ointment. Notify your surgeon if the skin around the scratch reddens and becomes painful.

FEVER

Of greater than 101oF, contact your surgeon.

TRAVELING

Stop and change positions frequently to prevent your joint from tightening and becoming painful.