Knee or hip replacement surgery removes a diseased knee joint and replaces it with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis. These implants are made to resist corrosion, degradation and wear. Joint replacement is typically used for people with severe joint damage from arthritis or an injury. Followed by rehabilitation, joint replacement can relieve pain, restore range of motion and mobility and in many cases lead to an overall increase in the quality of life.
Because your joint replacement is usually a scheduled surgery rather than an emergency, you'll have time to prepare for the surgery and recovery period. Riverside offers Joint University and other classes to help you get ready so you'll have a worry-free surgery and rehabilitation.
After your surgery, your mobility and flexibility will be severely limited while you are recovering. Planning ahead can save aggravation and keep you safe. Contact your surgeon's office to sign up for the free visit from the home health care nurse.
Your Riverside surgeon and staff will be happy to explain the hip or knee replacement procedure, the type of device being implanted, and what you should expect in terms of pain management, your rehabilitation center stay or the type of home assistance you will need. Don't hesitate to ask questions.