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RECOVERY AND SIDE EFFECTS OF JOINT REPLACEMENT


Jyoti Nursing Home in Jaipur Provides a joint replacement can relieve pain and help you live a fuller, more active life. Once you and your doctor have determined that joint replacement is right for you, you will need several weeks to prepare, both physically and emotionally. By planning ahead, you can help ensure a smooth surgery and recovery.

After surgery, you may expect life to return to the way it was — but without the pain. In many ways, you are right. But it will take time. Your doctor will encourage you to use your "new" joint as soon as possible. Although it may be challenging at times, following your doctor's instructions will speed your recovery.

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As you recover, you may want to consider these tips to help make your home safer and easier to navigate:

  • Create a total living space on one floor since climbing stairs may be difficult.
  • Install safety bars or a secure handrail in your shower or bath, which is a good safety measure anyway.
  • Secure stairway handrails.
  • Get a stable chair with a firm seat cushion and back, and a footstool to elevate your leg.
  • Arrange for a toilet-seat riser with arms if you have a low toilet. Consider trying a stable bench or chair for your shower.
  • Remove loose throw rugs and cords that could be a trip hazard.

Physical therapy & exercise for joint replacement patients

  • The day after surgery, typically, a physical therapist will show you how to exercise your new joint. During the first few weeks after surgery, you’ll increase your chances for a good recovery by carefully following all of your surgeon's instructions concerning wound care, diet and exercise. If you have questions about the instructions or wonder if they can be modified in any way, be sure to talk with your surgeon first.
  • When it comes to exercise, remember, it’s better to resume physical activity slowly, carefully and consistently than to push yourself too far and risk potential injury or a setback. Your physical activity program needs to include:
  • A graduated walking program — first indoors, then outdoors — to increase your mobility.
  • Slowly resuming other household activities, including walking up and down stairs.
  • Strengthening exercises you learned from the physical therapist, performed several times a day, as directed by your therapist.

Joint replacement surgery recovery time

  • Everyone’s recovery rate varies, but typically, about three to six weeks after surgery, you generally can go back to doing most daily activities, such as shopping and light housekeeping. Driving may be possible at around 4-6 weeks, depending on your recovery.
  • After you've recovered, you can enjoy living with a lot less pain. You’re welcome to try a variety of low-impact activities, such as walking, swimming, golfing or biking. You are wise to stay away from higher impact activities — such as running and any sport that involves contact or jumping. Ask your doctor about your specific limitations and recommendations for healthy exercises or physical activity.

Side Effects of Joint Replacement Surgery :

Most of the surgeries come with their own risks and benefits. With a minimally invasive surgery, however, the risks are reduced when compared to its counterpart, as the infection rates and chances of failure are automatically reduced.

Although nominal, here are a few risks associated with Knee Replacement Surgery:

  • The usage of anaesthesia could lead to certain side-effects in some patients.
  • Due to reduced movement at the time of the surgery, there’s a risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE), which can be regulated by using special support stockings and anticoagulant medicines.
  • Developing an infection in the operated area.
  • Unexpected bleeding, ligament or nerve damage near or around the joint.
  • Developing a fracture in the bone around the joint.
  • Allergic reactions to the bone cement.
  • These risks vary according to individual patient cases and utmost care is taken to avoid them. At Apollo Spectra Hospitals, a near-zero infection rate is maintained, ensuring a high success rate, and pain-free recovery from a surgery.

AUTHOR

Knee and joint replacement surgeon doctor J.P. Maheshwari

Dr. J.P. Maheshwari

MBBS ( SMS Medical College , Jaipur )
MS Ortho ( SMS Medical College , Jaipur )
Joint ( Knee / Hip ) Replacement Specialist
More than 17 years of experience.

He is Senior Consultant Orthopedic Doctor/Surgeon in Jaipur and Director Jyoti Nursing Home, Jaipur.He also acts as the best Hip replacement doctor in jaipur for performing complex and affordable Hip replacement surgeries.

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