What to Expect From Total Joint Replacement

Are you struggling with joint pain? You’re not alone! Debilitating joint pain affects millions of Americans every year. Over 55 million people in the United States have arthritis, and many others experience injuries or other diseases that affect their joint health and functionality. 

If you’re suffering from joint pain, a total joint replacement may offer a safe and reliable way to give you back your mobility and joint function. You might worry about this type of surgery, but surgeons perform over one million total joint replacements in America each year. 

At Town Center Orthopaedic Associates, our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons help patients in the Centreville and Reston, Virginia, areas suffering from joint pain and dysfunction by performing joint surgeries — including total joint replacements. 

Keep reading to learn what you can expect from a total joint replacement! 

Why do I need total joint replacement?

Total joint replacement surgery involves removing a damaged joint and replacing it with man-made parts. Medical supply manufacturers make these parts from metal, plastic, or ceramic. 

You need a total joint replacement when your natural joint can no longer function normally. Signs you may need a total joint replacement include:

While a total joint replacement may sound scary, there’s good news. The man-made joint functions like a healthy joint, meaning you can move more easily and experience little to no pain after recovering from surgery. 

Most joint replacement surgeries take 1-2 hours to complete, and you are up and moving the same day to get you on the path to recovery sooner. Whether the surgery is inpatient or outpatient depends on different factors. Your provider at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates discusses this with you at your consultation. 

What can I expect before my surgery?

Before your surgery, you can expect your provider to discuss the importance of preparing for your total joint replacement surgery. The steps you take before your procedure can make a big difference in your after-surgery experience. 

Your Town Center Orthopaedic Associates provider may discuss increasing your cardiovascular activity to lower your risk of complications and speed up your recovery. They may also recommend specific exercises to strengthen the muscles around the affected joint.

Other ways you can expect to prepare for your surgery include:

Patients who follow these instructions and those provided by their doctor have better outcomes. In addition, patients in good physical shape typically recover faster and better within about six weeks, while unfit individuals can expect it to take three months or longer to resume their everyday life. 

What can I expect after my surgery?

You can expect to make some changes to your home environment and the way you get around for the first few weeks after surgery. A positive attitude and a willingness to accept help go a long way toward making your recovery easier. 

You’ll need a caregiver to help you with daily tasks for the first two weeks of your recovery. In addition to a caregiver, be sure to take steps and purchase tools that make your recovery safe and as easy as possible. Some recommendations include:

The exact devices you need will depend on which joint you have replaced. 

Physical therapy starts in the surgery center and will become part of your routine as your Town Center Orthopaedic Associates provider requires you to have at-home physical therapy 2-3 times a week for the first two weeks. Depending on your needs, your provider may also recommend occupational therapy. 

While recovery may be tiring and difficult at first, it’s a temporary part of your recovery. Following guidelines and completing physical therapy exercises as recommended help you recover faster and with better results. 

You can expect noticeable improvement and enhanced mobility in 2-4 weeks. Full recovery takes between 6-12 weeks, depending on the joint and your health condition. 

Contact the joint experts at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates to learn more. Call our office most convenient to you or request an appointment online today.

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