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