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Our orthopedic specialist has answered some frequently asked questions for patients and their families. We will continue to add questions regarding the latest information in orthopedics.
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The term total knee replacement is misleading. The knee is not replaced, but rather an implant is used to re-cap the worn ends of the bone. This is done with a metal alloy on the femur and a plastic spacer on the tibia and patella (kneecap). This creates a new, smooth cushion and a functional joint that can reduce or eliminate pain.
The term total hip replacement is misleading. The hip is not replaced, but rather an implant is used to re-cap the worn ends of the bone.
- Head of femur is removed.
- Metal stem is inserted into femur shaft and topped with a metal or ceramic ball.
- Worn socket (acetabulum) is smoothed and lined with a metal cup and either a plastic, metal, or ceramic liner.
- No longer does bone rub on bone, causing pain and stiffness.
Most surgeries go well, without complications. However, infection and blood clots are two serious complications. To avoid these complications, your surgeon may use antibiotics and blood thinners.
The day of surgery most patients get up, sit in a chair, and walk with a walker. Most patients will be hospitalized for one to three days after surgery. Patients are generally discharged to home once they are able to sit, stand, and walk safely with the walker or other assistive device.
For the first few days or weeks, depending on your progress, you will need someone to assist you with meal preparation, etc. If you go directly home from the hospital, the hospital will arrange for a home health nurse to come to your house as needed. Family or friends need to be available to help. Preparing ahead before surgery can minimize amount of help needed. Having laundry done, house cleaned, yard work completed, clean linens, and single portion frozen meals will reduce the need for help.
Yes, you will have either outpatient or in-home physical therapy. Patients are encouraged to utilize outpatient therapy. Your hospital will help arrange for these appointments. If you need home physical therapy we will arrange for a physical therapist in your home. Following this, you may go to an outpatient facility several times a week to assist in your rehabilitation. Length of time for this type of therapy varies with each patient.
We accept almost all major insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid. Please bring your insurance card with you so that we can make a copy for your medical record. Our accepted insurance list is subject to change at any time. Please contact our office to confirm that your provider is still accepted prior to your visit. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us.