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Total Joint Replacement
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a damaged part or whole of the joint and the replacement of parts with a metal, plastic, or ceramic device called a prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.
How and why is it done?
Arthroplasty, also called joint replacement surgery replaces a damaged joint with a prosthesis or an artificial joint. The process takes a few hours, and the hospital stay is less than a week. Post-surgery, rehabilitative care is needed which includes physical therapy -making the new joint compatible to perform daily activities. Hip and knee replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacement surgeries, but replacement surgery can be performed on other joints, as well, including the ankle, wrist, shoulder, and elbow.
At Meitra, joint replacements are commonly performed with the CORI Surgical System, a hand-held robotic-assisted platform. Because it is minimally invasive and precise, patients with robotic-assisted total knee replacement experience less pain and faster recovery, enabling them to have a shorter hospital stay.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long do total joint replacements last?
The replacements are estimated to last for over two decades or roughly 10 to 15 years.
How long is full recovery after joint replacement?
Most patients can return to their jobs within six weeks following surgery, depending on the demands of the position. If you do have a more demanding job that requires lifting, walking, or travel, you may need up to three months for a full recovery.
What are the restrictions after total knee replacement?
Keep your feet and knees pointed straight ahead, not turned in or out. Your knees should be either stretched out or bent in the way your therapist instructed. Sit in a firm chair with a straight back and armrests. After your surgery, avoid stools, sofas, soft chairs, rocking chairs, and chairs that are too low.