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Knee and hip replacement is a
metal and plastic covering for unprotected, arthritic bone ends,
which replaces cartilage that has worn away over the years.
Replacement can eliminate pain and allow you to move easily. For
many people who have knee arthritis, it also straightens the
Who Should Have a Knee or Hip Replacement?
When arthritis knee or hip pain severely limits your ability to
walk, work or perform even simple activities, consider knee or hip
Is There an Alternative to Replacement?
Knee or hip replacement is only recommended after careful
diagnosis of your joint problem. Arthroscopic or microscopic
surgery is not helpful once arthritis is advanced. Nor will
anti-inflammatory drugs or cortisone injections likely give you the
same long-term relief as either knee or hip replacement.
How Long is the Hospital Stay?
The average hospital stay for either knee or hip replacement is
2-3 days. Although the majority of our patients are able to reurn
directly home, there may be times when it is advisable for other
discharge destinations to be arranged due to medical or safety
concerns. We will help you find the best possible solution for your
continuing care needs if you are unable to safely return
How Long is Recuperation?
Each person's recovery follows its own schedule. You may need an
assistive device for a few weeks after the operation. Most people
gradually increase in their activities as recovery progresses.
What is the Success Rate?
The quality of life improves dramatically following successful
replacements, as most orthopedic experts consider it the best
method of handling arthritis in the knee or hip. Joint replacements
have literally put hundreds of thousands of disabled Americans back
on their feet and allowed them to enjoy their golden years.
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