Long Term Care of Your Joint Replacement

Hip Replacement Precautions

The recovery of your hip is now well advanced. From now on, you can reduce the daily exercises to about once or twice a week. You can basically lead a normal life.

Knee Replacement Precautions

The recovery of your knee is now well advanced. Knee strengthening exercises can be performed only if needed. You can basically lead a normal life.

Physical activity / Sports Following Total Joint Replacement

After surgery, your hip and/or knee replacement will wear at a slow pace. The heavier, younger and more active you are, the faster the wear process will be. Excessive wear of your arthroplasty is initially a silent problem (will cause no pain), but in the long term, it will result in loss of bone around your joint (osteolysis).

Antibiotic Prophylaxis Instructions

Your total joint replacement is at a low risk of becoming infected by bacteria traveling through your bloodstream. This risk can be lowered by promptly treating any infection in your body, particularly those in your gums and teeth, skin, ears, kidneys and bladder, intestines, lungs, and heart.

Safety Tips to Prevent Falls

Falls can cause serious injuries and as we age, the risk of falling increases. If you have already fallen, you have a higher risk of having a future fall. I would recommend that you follow the next recommendations to prevent new falls

Instructions to Prevent Recurrent Dislocations

Dislocation is a rare event after a total hip replacement. It means that your prosthetic ball came completely out of the socket. In most cases, gentle traction of your leg with mild sedation allows relocation of the prosthesis. Surgery is seldom necessary to reduce a dislocated hip.