Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to have surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes. Surgery patients will enter through a special entrance of the hospital,
be fast-tracked through a touchless registration process and then escorted
through a different path to surgery by a team member.
What type of joint replacement surgeries do you offer?
Our board-certified surgeons perform total hip replacements and partial
and total knee replacements in our advanced surgical facilities.
What are the main reasons for a hip replacement?
Certain conditions cause damage to the hip joint, like osteoarthritis,
commonly known as wear-and-tear, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteonecrosis
(loss of blood flow to the ball portion of the hip joint).
What are the top signs you might need a hip replacement?
- Pain that persists or worsens, even with pain medication
- Pain while walking, even with a cane or walker
- Ability to sleep, get dressed, or use stairs is affected
- Difficulty to stand up from a seated position
What happens in a hip replacement surgery?
In a nutshell, the surgeon replaces the hip socket and the ball, or head,
of the thigh bone. Areas in the socket and ball where cartilage and bone
have been lost are resurfaced, and then the surgeon inserts an artificial
ball and socket into healthy bone.
Do you perform second hip replacements?
Yes. If you already have a prosthetic hip joint, it can wear out over
time. Meet with your orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation to see if this
is the best option for you.
What happens in a knee replacement surgery?
Knee replacement surgery is designed to replace your damaged cartilage,
as well as any loss of bone structure or ligament support.
What are the different types of knee replacement?
Knee replacement options can vary based on your age, weight, activity
level, knee size and shape, and overall health. Depending on how severe
your knee pain is, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend total or partial
How do I know which knee replacement surgery is right for me?
Each patient is unique and can experience joint pain differently, so be
sure to discuss your treatment options with one of our orthopedic surgeons.
You may be a candidate for a total or partial knee replacement.
What are the main reasons for a knee replacement?
Like the hip, knees are susceptible to osteoarthritis, taking a lot of
wear and tear, as well as rheumatoid arthritis. Other conditions that
can cause damage to the knee joint include structural issues like bowed
legs, knee injuries, and the loss of blood flow to the knee bone.
What are the top signs you might need a knee replacement?
Are there any risks in having a joint replacement surgery?
All surgical procedures involve risks. Your surgeon will discuss with
you the major risks associated with your procedure. You will be treated
with antibiotics before and after surgery to help avoid infection. You
will also receive anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medication to decrease
the risk of developing blood clots. Please discuss any concerns you have
regarding your joint replacement with your surgeon.
Will I be awake during surgery?
Two types of anesthesia are most used for joint replacement surgeries.
General anesthesia allows you to sleep during the procedure. Spinal anesthesia
is also an option for some patients. It allows certain areas of the body
to be numbed for a procedure while also receiving medication to make you
sleepy. There are several determining factors into which type of anesthesia
is recommended for each patient. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will
discuss the options with you before surgery.
How long will my surgery last?
The average surgery time for a joint replacement is one to three hours.
Your time may be more or less, depending on your specific circumstances.
Will I have pain after surgery?
Joint replacements are major procedures and you will experience some pain
afterward. Most patients will have a moderate amount of discomfort for
the first couple of days after surgery. Pain medications will be administered
to you through an IV and then with pain pills. Our staff is dedicated
to helping you manage your pain and learning other techniques that will
increase your comfort level.
When can I walk?
You may get up and walk with a physical therapist on the day of surgery
if your doctor has ordered it. Otherwise, you will begin physical therapy
the morning after surgery. We ask that you always call for assistance
in getting out of bed. Your physical therapist will inform you when you
are safe to move on your own.
Will I need a walker or cane after surgery?
You will need an assistive device, such as a walker, cane or crutches,
after surgery. These will only be temporary, and your surgeon will determine
how long you will need the device. We work with you and your insurance
provider to provide you with the appropriate equipment before leaving
When can I shower?
Your surgeon will determine when you may shower after surgery. Our staff
will assist you with daily baths while in the hospital. You will not be
able to sit down in a bathtub for several months after surgery. Talk with
your surgeon on how long you will need to wait before sitting in a bathtub.
How long will I be in the hospital?
The average stay for a joint replacement is one to two nights in the hospital.
Your stay with us may be shorter or longer, depending on your progress
and the recommendation from your surgeon. Our social worker will help
you with a discharge plan to home, rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facility.
Will I need physical therapy when I leave the hospital?
Your physical therapy starts in the hospital, where your care team will
then decide which setting is best once you leave the hospital. This could
mean going home with outpatient therapy or home health visits, or even
staying in an inpatient post-acute care facility for those who need a
higher level of professional clinical care than they would receive at home.
Can I drive after surgery?
You cannot drive immediately after surgery and should have arrangements
for someone to bring you home from the hospital. Typically, patients may
resume driving four to six weeks after surgery. Discuss with your surgeon
when you may begin driving after your joint replacement.
When will I need to see my surgeon again?
Your doctor will instruct you on when a follow-up appointment will be
needed. You will also be given instructions at discharge on how to contact
the surgeon’s office to make an appointment or if you should have
any issues after returning home.