AAHKS has made this flyer available for surgeons’ offices to download, print and include in your patients’ take-home materials. It includes the website address and a scannable code for smart phones.
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 and also the exercises you can do at home before and after your surgery. WARNING: Some of these videos are of actual surgeries 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.
Is it safe to have sex after surgery?
It’s important to set realistic expectations and learn how to safely resume sexual activity after joint replacement while avoiding complications. See what surgeons reccomend and don’t reccomend.
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.
Getting Ready for Surgery
Recovering after Surgery
Living with Your New Joint
Joint Replacement and Your Health
Nonsurgical and Other Options
If the hospital, surgical care center, insurance or device manufacturer involved in your hip or knee replacement surgery has asked you to complete a survey about your experience, please do! These surveys collect information from people who have been through the surgery and puts the data into an anonymous database called a “registry.” Doctors and their surgical teams use this data to do research and improve the way they practice. The more people who complete the surveys, the better hip and knee surgical care will be for everyone in the future. To learn more about patient reported outcome (PRO) surveys, visit the blog of the AAOS American Joint Replacement Registry – the official Registry of AAHKS.
There are over 4,000 members of AAHKS, and the number grows each year. The aim of this medical specialty society is to promote the advancement of hip and knee care through education, advocacy and research.
If you’ve tried to see your surgeon in early November, chances are they were attending the AAHKS Annual Meeting. Find out why this is “The Most Important Meeting
on Adult Reconstruction in the World.”