The following pages are a generalized overview of the typical patient experience, recommendations, and protocols after a joint replacement. This should be used as a general guide for expectations after surgery. Dr. Wright may give you specific instructions to you regarding your surgery and rehabilitation protocol.
Your recovery after hip or knee replacement will depend on different factors which include:
Motivation to Recover
Recovery also depends on the condition of your hip prior to the procedure. To help you recover quickly and completely, it is important to follow your post-operative instructions as closely as possible. We advise rest, elevation, ice as well as using your crutches.
Please arrange for a responsible adult to take you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.
After anesthesia, you may experience nausea, dizziness, weakness, and/or drowsiness lasting up to 24 hours after your surgery.
Please call our office with any questions or concerns.
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Hip Replacement Information
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Knee Replacement Information
American Academy or Orthopedic Surgery Preparing for Joint Replacement