If you've been scheduled for a joint replacement, you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you're looking for, and helps you prepare for your operation.
A joint replacement involves inserting an artificial joint. Joint replacement surgery is needed when the joint becomes worn out, usually due to arthritis. The surgeon removes the damaged ends of your joint and replaces it with an artificial implant. The specially designed metal and plastic parts are custom fit to your joint to restore smooth and painless movement.
A hip joint replacement means replacing one or both sides of the hip joint with an artificial socket and a metal ball and stem.
A knee joint replacement means replacing one or both sides of the knee joint and often the underside of the knee cap.
You will stay in the hospital for 2 days.
If you require any equipment to assist you when you go back home, please plan to have it delivered to your home prior to your discharge.
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