Osteoarthritis - Surgery
Before deciding to have surgery
If you're in poor health or have certain health problems, you may not be able to have surgery. Your doctor can help you decide if surgery is right for you.
Here are some things to think about if you're
thinking about surgery:
- After surgery, most people are
able to go back to doing their daily tasks and sports with less pain.
- You will need several months of physical therapy to
get the best use of your joint.
joints typically last 10 to 20 years. You may need
another surgery if the new joint
For help deciding whether to have joint replacement
- Arthritis: Should I Have Hip Replacement Surgery?
- Arthritis: Should I Have Knee Replacement Surgery?
- Arthritis: Should I Have Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
If you decide to have surgery
In the days or weeks before your surgery, talk to your doctor about what you need to do to get ready for your return home. For example, you may need to arrange for someone to drive you home and to help
you after your surgery. Or you may need to make changes to your home, such as removing small rugs, to help you move around.