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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Total Knee Surgery

Q:   Can I drink alcohol during my recovery?
Q:   Can I go up/down stairs?
Q:   Do I need antibiotics prior to dental work or an invasive medical procedure?
Q:   Do I need to be "put to sleep" for the surgery?
Q:   How long do I have to use my walker/crutches?
Q:   How long do I need to keep a bandage on my incision? How often should I change it?
Q:   How long does the surgery take?
Q:   How long will I be in the hospital?
Q:   How long will I be on blood thinners?
Q:   How long will I be on pain medication?
Q:   How long will my new joint last?
Q:   How long, and where, will my scar be?
Q:   How much pain will I have following the surgery?
Q:   I am constipated; what should I do?
Q:   I feel depressed; is this normal?
Q:   I have insomnia; is this normal? What can I do about it?
Q:   I think my leg feels longer now; is this possible?
Q:   Should I apply ice or heat?
Q:   What are good/bad positions for my knee during recovery?
Q:   What are results/chance for success of a total joint replacement?
Q:   What are the major risks of the surgery?
Q:   What is the recovery time?
Q:   What type of rehabilitation will I need after I leave the hospital?
Q:   What will my new joint feel like?
Q:   When can I drive?
Q:   When can I return to work?
Q:   When can I shower?
Q:   When can I totally immerse my joint, such as in a bath or swimming pool?
Q:   When can I travel?
Q:   When do I need to see the doctor after my surgery?
Q:   When will my sutures/staples be removed?
Q:   Will I ever need another replacement (revison)?
Q:   Will I set off metal detectors at the airport? Do I need a doctor's letter?
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