Select Page

Do I need a joint replacement?

Whether you are starting to experience pain and loss of mobility in your hips or knees,  have been treating joint pain for some time, are about to have or had surgery already, we can help you make informed decisions about your care.

Considering Joint Replacement Surgery

When you’ve made the decision to have joint replacement surgery, use these resources to supplement discussions with your surgeon.

Learn about osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis affects over 27 million individuals in the United States alone.

Set expectations.

Have an open discussion with your surgeon about function after surgery.

Get answers.

We answer commonly asked questions about recovery following surgery.

Videos

The following videos will show you what to expect during joint replacement surgery in a condensed timeframe. WARNING: These are videos of actual surgeries shot in operating rooms. If you are uncomfortable with the sight of blood, tissue and bone, we recommend you read the articles in our Hip and Knee Care Library instead.

Total Knee exam

Total Knee Replacement

Observe a total knee replacement surgery where the surgeon replaces components of the knee with implants.

Total Hip Replacement | Mini-Posterior Approach

Observe a total hip replacement surgery where the surgeon accesses the joint from the back of the hip.

knee exam

Partial Knee Replacement

Observe a partial knee replacement surgery where the surgeon replaces a portion of the knee with implants.

hip exam

Total Hip Replacement | Anterior Approach

Observe a total hip replacement surgery where the surgeon accesses the joint from the front of the hip.

Living with a New Joint

If you’ve had a hip or knee replaced, you may have some questions about day-to-day activities.

Help, I can’t sleep!

One of the most frequent complaints after total joint replacement is difficulty sleeping. Your sleep disruption is likely caused by pain. Learn how to get a good night’s sleep after surgery.

Will I set off airport metal detectors?

Many commonly used orthopaedic implants may set off metal detectors at airport security. In fact, over 90% of implants will. Learn how to discretely inform TSA of your implants.

Do I need antibiotics for teeth cleaning?

During a dental procedure, it is possible for bacteria from the mouth, teeth or gums to travel through the bloodstream and settle in an artificial joint. Learn about the current protocol for antibiotics prior to your visit.

Can I play sports after knee replacement?

The forces applied to a knee implant are much higher while playing sports than during regular daily activities. This can cause wear and tear on the implants. Lean what you can and can’t do with your new knee.

Hip and Knee Care Library

These articles have been written and peer reviewed by surgeon members of the AAHKS Patient Education Committee.

Total Hip Replacement

The first step when making the decision about hip replacement is to meet with your surgeon to see if you are a candidate for total hip replacement surgery.

Surgical Options for Hip Arthritis

When non-surgical treatments for hip arthritis fail, you and your doctor may consider hip surgery.

Total Knee Replacement

The first step when making the decision about knee replacement is to meet with your surgeon to see if you are a candidate for total knee replacement surgery.

Surgical Options for Knee Arthritis

When non-surgical treatments for knee arthritis fail, you and your doctor may consider knee surgery.

Full or Partial Knee Replacement

While it may seem appealing to have half of a surgery compared to a full surgery, it is important to understand the differences between a partial and a total knee replacement surgery.

Resuming Sports after Knee Surgery

If you are considering total knee replacement, you should discuss with your surgeon the possibility of participating in physical activities such as sports following surgery.

Getting a Good Night's Sleep

One of the most common complaints after total joint replacement is difficulty sleeping.

Airport Metal Detectors

Many implants now include ceramic and plastic materials in addition to metal, and the metal will likely cause an alarm.

Antibiotics at the Dentist

During a dental procedure, it is possible for bacteria from the mouth, teeth or gums to travel through the bloodstream and settle in an artificial joint.

About Recalls

Recalls of hip and knee replacement implants can cause understandable concern on the part of both patients and physicians.

Osteoarthritis FAQ

Osteoarthritis is a common disorder that affects the joints and is caused by a loss of cartilage. Here are frequently asked questions about osteoarthritis.

Setting Expectations

If you are considering joint replacement surgery, you should have a discussion with your surgeon about pain relief and function after surgery.

Outpatient Surgery

Outpatient joint replacement surgery is new, and orthopedic surgeons are still clarifying how to maximize the benefits of this idea for patients.

Recovery after Surgery

If you are anticipating a hip replacement or knee replacement, here are frequently asked questions about recovery following surgery.

Non-Surgical Options for Hip and Knee Pain

If your doctor is not recommending surgery for your hip or knee joints at this time, there are some other ways to alleviate pain and improve mobility.

Stem Cell Therapy

While it often sounds appealing, stem cell therapy is a new treatment that is poorly understood.

PRP Injections

There have been some studies examining the use of PRP for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.

Finding Credible Resources

It is important to seek legitimate sources such as the AAHKS website for accurate information about your health care.

What are other patients experiencing?

The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) is the official registry of AAHKS. They collect data from more than 612 hospitals on patient care and outcomes for hip and knee replacement surgeries. AJRR currently has data from more than 427,000 hip and knee replacements. This clinical data includes patients demographics, type of hip or knee surgery, the reason for the surgery, if any complications occurred and what type of implants were used. AJRR also collects patient-reported outcomes where patients report how much pain, stiffness and difficulty they had before surgery and again one year after surgery.

AJRR published the 2016 Report to the Public about Hip and Knee Replacements, which you can download for free. Download report.

Find a Surgeon Near You

Fellow members of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons are board certified
and perform at least 50 hip and/or knee replacement surgeries a year.
Bitnami