Performing Hip & Knee Replacements at Kaweah Delta
We know that both knee and hip pain interfere with daily activities. That’s why the exceptional team of physicians at Kaweah Delta is dedicated to making sure you live your best life by having a hip or knee replacement. If you’re having doubts about replacement surgery or don’t understand why you might need one, we will walk you through the process.
Also known as knee arthroplasty, knee replacement restores function to your diseased knee joint and helps relieve pain. The surgery is performed most on people over the age of 60. Your doctor may recommend knee replacement if you:
- Are unable to perform everyday activities.
- Can’t sleep through the night.
- Can’t walk on your own or care for yourself.
- Experience pain that is stagnant or has worsened with other treatment.
Here are some tips to ensure a smooth knee replacement:
- Stop taking medicines that make it difficult for your blood to clot or drugs that could make your body more susceptible to infections.
- Let your physician know about any recent illnesses.
- Quit smoking, as it prevents efficient bone or wound healing.
- Notify your doctor if you consume more than one or two alcoholic drinks daily.
Knee Replacement Rehabilitation
You may stay in the hospital for up to three to four days after the procedure. Some patients need to stay in a rehabilitation center after they leave the hospital for a short period of time. Full recovery takes between four months to a year. Most artificial knee joints last up to 15 years before they need to be replaced.
Hip replacement surgery is ideal for patients with severe hip damage whose pain interferes with daily activities and if nonsurgical treatment has been unsuccessful. Your physician will suggest physical therapy or medications before recommending total hip replacement. Your doctor may recommend hip replacement surgery if you have:
Hip replacement is similar to preparing for knee replacement. You should also practice using a walker, crutches, cane or wheelchair to correctly move around different areas of your house.
Learn more from our Joint Camp Book. Click HERE for more information.
Hip Replacement Therapy & Rehab
After surgery, you may stay in the hospital for up to three days to recover from surgery and anesthesia. Kaweah Delta Home Health services are available to help you transition back to your life with physical therapy by Therapy Specialists. Your replacement will last between 15 and 20 years.
Expert Orthopedic Surgeons at Kaweah Delta
Contact an expert physician today with any questions you may have
about processes or procedures. To see a list of exceptional orthopedic
surgeons in the area, call (559) 624-3800 or click HERE.