It is important to have realistic expectations of joint
Replacement joints are not "miracle" joints. They
will not restore a joint to the function it had before the arthritis
Pain relief is the most dependable outcome of joint
replacement. When the pain is relieved, you also may get some function back,
but this is not the main goal and is less predictable.
replacement joints have a limited life span (10 to 20 years).
are certain activities (running, downhill skiing) you should not do after
surgery. The joint is meant to be used but not abused.
aerobics, moderate hiking, bicycling, swimming, gardening (if you don't squat),
and normal housework usually are allowed.
People who have had a
joint replacement may need to take antibiotics before dental work, certain
tests, and surgery for at least 2 years after joint replacement surgery to
prevent infection in the artificial joint.
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April 08, 2013
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