Considering Joint Replacement Surgery
When you’ve made the decision to have joint replacement surgery, use these resources to supplement discussions with your surgeon.
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.
Many implants now include ceramic and plastic materials in addition to metal, and the metal will likely cause an alarm.
Recalls of hip and knee replacement implants can cause understandable concern on the part of both patients and physicians.
If you have an allergy or sensitivity to metal, then it is important to alert your surgeon prior to having joint replacement surgery.
Your overall health is important and can have a major impact on how well you do after hip or knee replacement surgery.
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.