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Joint Replacement Center Frequently Asked Questions
You may benefit from our comprehensive Joint Replacement Center. Here are answers to some common questions. Remember, only your surgeon can determine what’s right for you! Visit www.BestBoneDocs.com for the latest infomation on our orthopedic services and patient stories.
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Q. How do I know if I need a hip/knee replacement?
A. Your primary care physician or your orthopedic surgeon will examine your painful hip/knee for shape, range of motion, and your gait. They will take an x-ray to determine if you are a candidate for a total or partial joint replacement. Ultimately, it is the patient who decides when they are ready for a joint replacement procedure because this surgery is elective.
Q. What is gender specific knee surgery?
A. The gender specific knee is contoured to optimally fit the female anatomy. It is narrower and thinner to more appropriately match the angle and function of a woman’s natural knee.
Q. What is the recovery time for hip/knee joint replacement patients?
A. It depends. An average patient hospital stay is about 3 days. Some patients go home after 2 days, others have stayed longer than 4 days. Recovery time depends on factors such as age,weight, overall general health, motivation, and individual rehabilitation plan.
Q. What is “minimally invasive surgery”?
A. With minimally invasive surgery the incisions that expose your knee/hip are much smaller – which usually means less pain and faster recovery. Only the surgeon can determine the safest technique for you.
Q. What is “bloodless surgery”?
A. Bloodless surgery is performed without transfusions of banked blood. This technique often improves patient outcomes. About 95% of all surgical procedures performed at Englewood Hospital – from joint replacements to open heart surgeries – are done without giving a transfusion.
Q. What does it mean to be “fellowship trained”?
A. Surgeons who are fellowship trained have gone through extensive training in a specialty area of orthopedics. After they have completed their residency, they apply to a program to further their training in a particular area, such as total joint replacement. In this way, they obtain a higher expertise in a specific area.